NEW YORK, 23 September 2020—The World Health Organization (WHO) together with the UN, specialised agencies and partners today called on countries to develop and implement action plans to promote the timely dissemination of science-based information and prevent the spread of false information while respecting freedom of expression.
WHO, the UN, UNICEF, UNAIDS, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UNESCO, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN Global Pulse initiative and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), together with the governments of Indonesia, Thailand and Uruguay held a webinar on the margins of the 75th UN General Assembly to draw attention to the harm being done by the spread of misinformation and disinformation, the latter being deliberate misinformation to advance an agenda.
WASHINGTON, D.C./GENEVA, 29 September 2020—Despite decades of scientific advance in the HIV response, progress remains uneven, with some countries rapidly reducing AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections and others seeing increasing epidemics. Laws and policies are driving a significant part of that divergence.
Launched today, the HIV Policy Lab is a unique initiative to gather and monitor HIV-related laws and policies around the world.
Report reveals interruptions of HIV services, violence, harassment, abuse, arrests, deaths and a failure to respect human rights in their early responses to the pandemic—UNAIDS urges governments to protect the most vulnerable, particularly key populations at higher risk of HIV
GENEVA, 27 August 2020—During the early response to COVID-19 UNAIDS received numerous reports of interruptions to HIV services and disturbing human violations against vulnerable and marginalized populations. The experience of the response to HIV has proved that violations of human rights during a pandemic undermine trust, harm individuals, and set back public health responses.
The COVID-19 pandemic deepened the problem that, in a systematic way for several years, has affected IESS members living with HIV and that is rooted in the systematic failure of the provision of antiretroviral drugs for the treatment of their HIV infection, resulting in the interruption of treatment, or its partial delivery, on these occasions forcing members to purchase antiretroviral treatment (ART) through other, essentially private channels, with high out-of-pocket costs, their personal and family finances being affected by their high cost, in addition to the impact on their health.
These events reported by people to civil society organizations, of people living with HIV, and to the Ombudsman's Office, supported by national and international networks working on HIV, were made public, pointing out the impact it has on adherence to treatment and in limiting the scope of national goals for the reduction of new HIV infections in the country.
Antiretroviral therapy (ART) not only improves the health and prolongs the lives of people with HIV; It also plays an important role in HIV prevention.