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Complacency, Lack Of Sufficient Resources Present ‘Wake-Up Call’ For HIV Prevention, Treatment Efforts, UNAIDS Says

Associated Press: UNAIDS chief says won’t quit over agency harassment claims
“The embattled UNAIDS chief said Wednesday he will not quit his post over criticism of his handling of sexual harassment allegations at the Geneva-based agency. ‘I need to deliver on my job,’ Michel Sidibé said in response to questions from the Associated Press during a Paris press conference amid calls for his resignation. He spoke while presenting a U.N. report that sounds the alarm that momentum in fighting HIV/AIDS might be insufficient to meet the target of ending the virus epidemic by 2030…” (Shaeffer/Adamson, 7/18).

U.N. News: ‘Prevention crisis’ is hampering global HIV response, warns head of UNAIDS
“Complacency over HIV and AIDS has created a ‘prevention crisis’ that risks destabilizing efforts to reach the key 2020 target of fewer than 500,000 new HIV infections per year, the head of the U.N. agency in charge of fighting the pandemic warned on Wednesday. Describing his appeal as a ‘wake-up call’ to the global community, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé explained that ‘partial successes’ in saving lives and stopping new infections — some 1.4 million since 2010 — had resulted in a lack of urgency among member states…” (7/18).

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