Friday 16 November, 2018

WATCH: UNAIDS Regional Director speaks on World AIDS Day

December 1 of each year is recognised as World AIDS Day, a day meant to raise HIV/AIDS awaresness as well as commemorate those who have been lost to the virus. It's also a major goal of the United Nations to highlight the importance of the right to health as an essential condition to achieve the end of AIDS by 2030, as set forth in the Sustainable Development Goals.

"The right to health is a fundamental human right. It is the right of everyone to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health," said UNAIDS Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Dr. César Núñez in a video statement.

"For the right to health to be fulfilled, it is imperative...that everyone, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or social status, has access to the prevention and treatment of any disease, that health is affordable or free, and that quality health services are free from discrimination." 

In his address, he stated that everyone has the right to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. In order for that right to be fulfilled, he said, it's imperative that everyone, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or social status, has access to the prevention and treatment of any disease. 

Healthcare should be affordable or free and free from discrimination. 

He added that Latin America and the Caribbean have made important progress towards the Fast-Track goals. Latin America is among the regions of the world with the highest proportions of people living with HIV who know their status and in the Caribbean, the proportion of people living with HIV who know their status and are on treatment is over 80%.