July 29, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
The Government of Canada is committed to ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, to addressing stigma and discrimination faced by key populations, and to ensuring that women and girls, in all their diversity, are empowered to make decisions about their bodies and their futures. The root of most HIV and other sexually transmitted infections is inequality. Far too often, those who need help the most are denied necessary tests and treatment.
The Honorable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Canadian Pacific Economic Development Agency, today announced a contribution of $15 million to UNAIDS for 2023-2025.
UNAIDS is the primary multilateral organization coordinating the global effort to end HIV/AIDS as a global health threat by 2030. The organization plays a critical role in providing strategic direction, advocacy , coordination and technical support by bringing industry, community and government together. partners to deliver life-saving HIV services, including treatment. UNAIDS works hand in hand with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to ensure that aid reaches those who need it most.
The Government of Canada is proud to continue its long-standing partnership with UNAIDS and to support its important work in implementing the Global AIDS Strategy 2021-2026.
“We must all come together to meet the challenge of eliminating HIV/AIDS as a public health threat as quickly as possible. Far too many people continue to die at an unacceptable rate from HIV/AIDS. We must all recommit ourselves to the benefit of our communities and our nations, and our world. No one should be left behind. »
– Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada
“To achieve our shared goals of ending HIV and AIDS as public health problems by 2030, strong international collaboration is needed. Through continued support to UNAIDS, we will together reduce the burden of HIV and AIDS and improve the lives of all people living with, at risk of and affected by HIV. Canada remains committed to working closely with the global HIV community, alongside community organizations, HIV researchers, advocates and people with lived experience to strengthen the response to HIV in Canada and around the world.
– Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health of Canada
“UNAIDS greatly appreciates Canada’s support to end AIDS as a public health crisis by 2030, as well as our partnership on shared priorities. By providing multi-year allocations, Canada enables UNAIDS to maximize the impact of its funding. Canada’s commitment to developing and funding its feminist international assistance policy, to prioritizing support for sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the human rights of women and girls in all their diversity and of LGBTI people, provides vital support to the work of UNAIDS to end the inequalities that perpetuate the AIDS pandemic. We look forward to even closer collaboration in the future.
– Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS
Over the past three decades, the number of AIDS-related deaths has risen from the 2006 peak of 2 million people per year to 650,000 in 2021.
In 2021, the rate of decline in new HIV infections has slowed. Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa have all seen rising rates of new infections.
In 2021, key populations – men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers, prisoners and transgender people – accounted for 70% of new HIV infections.
In 2021, young people accounted for 27% of new HIV infections globally and 82% of adolescent girls and young women newly infected with HIV live in sub-Saharan Africa.
160,000 new infections are among children (aged 0-14) and only half of children living with HIV have access to life-saving drugs.
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