Islamabad, 1 December 2023 (TDI): World AIDS Day was observed across Pakistan today under the theme “let communities lead” to support for the people affected by HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and those who lost their lives to it.
The government of Pakistan posted on this World’s AIDS Day to spread awareness on the increased access to treatment and prevention of HIV.
It also said to support the people in need and to end HIV related stigma helping to work towards as AIDS free future, under the banner “from awareness to action.”
President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi on the occasion released a statement in which he reaffirmed the resolve to strengthen the National HIV response, promoting innovative data driven solutions, and eradicating stigma and discrimination associated with the disease.
He also added that Pakistan has been working to provide health security to all individuals impacted by HIV, by introducing comprehensive health, nutrition, and support service packages as part of the National Social Security programs.
The President reaffirmed that we could rectify health disparities and improve access to HIV and health services. Together, we shall pave the path to a healthier and brighter future for all.
Federal Health Minister, Dr. Nadeem Jan said that Government of Pakistan is committed to eradicate AIDS epidemic by 2030, aligning with the global HIV milestones.
Continuing his remarks, he also said that it is crucial to address healthcare and societal imbalances to ensure that no one is marginalized or left behind.
The theme “let communities lead” refers to the idea that the world can end AIDS, with communities leading the way. Organizations of communities living with, at risk of, of affected by HIV are the frontline of progress in the HIV response.
Communities connect people with person-centered public health services, build trust, innovate, monitor implementation of policies and services, and hold providers accountable.
World AIDS Day is more than a celebration of the achievements of communities, instead it is a call to action to enable and support communities in their leadership roles.