UNAIDS Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima

The UNAIDS Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima has called on leaders to tackle social inequalities and injustices and build fairer societies, to end AIDS.

Speaking at the University of Nairobi (UoN) Wednesday the UNAIDS Executive Director said  tools to prevent and treat HIV and enable people to live long and healthy lives are there, stressing that if we do the right thing, we can end the injustice of AIDS by 2030.

“A society that is not equal is a society where pandemics and ill health will always remain.” Said Byanyima.

She spelt out inequalities hindering the fight against ending HIV and AIDS and called for countries to equalise access to medicine, urging them to make health technologies accessible for all.

She also called for the end of inequality in the global resources, calling for leaders to rethink unequal global financial architecture.

Byanyima condemned gender inequality and urged for an equal world where all have equal rights.

Similarly she called for the end of inequalities that hinder other groups of people like the LQBTQ groups from accessing medicine.

This she said noting that the risk of gay men getting infected with HIV is 28pc higher than those of other men.

The people of abusing drugs is 35pc higher than that of others, while that of sex workers is 30pc higher than others.

Byanyima noted that laws criminalising some things like gayism make the risk of HIV go up, calling for the laws to be repealed.

“For me HIV is more than a disease, it is also an injustice. With everything we know from 40 years of this pandemic, no 1 should be infected by HIV and no one should die from AIDS related causes." Said Byanyima.

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