Asia-Pacific Region Can Improve Investments To Help End AIDS Epidemic
Jakarta Globe: Asia-Pacific Can Lead World to End AIDS Epidemic
Shamshad Akhtar, executive secretary of the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS executive director
“…Ending the AIDS epidemic in Asia and the Pacific is possible, as long as countries have the courage and wisdom to take the right kinds of action. Governments must invest significantly more in the AIDS response. They must increase the impact of their investments by refocusing their efforts on the people at higher risk of HIV infection. Finally, they must promote scientific innovation and affordable access to life-saving medicine. Such bold actions will not only accelerate the progress made in Asia and the Pacific in responding to HIV in the new millennium; they will also help propel the world to end the AIDS epidemic, once and for all” (1/26).