Government Authorities, U.N. Should Prioritize Efforts To Respond To HIV/AIDS, TB In Eastern Ukraine

BMJ Blogs: Michel Kazatchkine: Time to prioritize HIV/AIDS and MDR-TB in Eastern Ukraine as supplies run out
Michel Kazatchkine, U.N. special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, discusses HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, multidrug-resistant TB, as well as the challenges of delivering health care in Eastern Ukraine, writing, “The time has well and truly come for the Minsk negotiators to prioritize HIV/AIDS, TB, and MDR-TB as urgent issues on the regional agenda that the world must address in these territories. But it is also long overdue for the authorities in Kiev, Donetsk, and Luhansk to accept that HIV/AIDS, TB, and MDR-TB are regional and global concerns. The U.N. must also continue to play its part in fostering health and humanitarian diplomacy to avoid a European tragedy this year” (3/21).

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