The Ministry for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination joins hands with the rest of the world to commemorate the World AIDS Day in Pakistan. The theme for this year is “End Inequalities. End AIDS. End Pandemics.” and our Ministry is working with provinces to take steps to work with communities to halt the spread of new infections. As we all know, Pakistan has one of the fastest growing epidemics in the Asia Pacific region with an estimated 200,000 people living with HIV with 84% increase in new infections between 2010-2020.

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Today we join with the rest of the world to commemorate the World AIDS Day on Ending Inequalities, Ending AIDS and Ending Pandemics, our government commits to support those whose are still left behind in equitable access to Health and HIV prevention and treatments. Every year, this is a moment to reflect on how far we’ve come to since the early days of the AIDS epidemic. And those of you who lived through it remember all too well the fear and the stigma, and how hard people with HIV had to fight to be seen, or heard, or to be treated.

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Quezon City, the Philippines, 22/11/2022 – UNAIDS, together with the Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc.(PSFI), the PROTECTS Grant, the Department of Health, SPARK! Philippines, and the Local Government of Quezon City, through the efforts of Mayor Joy Belmonte, launched #UMatter, an advocacy campaign to end AIDS by 2030. The event, organized at Quezon City Hall Grounds, was attended by representatives from the national government and international organizations, members of the diplomatic corps, and advocates from civil society.

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UNAIDS is deeply saddened by the sudden death of Ly Penh Sun, Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STD (NCHADS) Cambodia, who passed away on 9 November 2021. UNAIDS expresses its sincere condolences to his family, his friends and the country.

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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) in Thailand has been awarded the inaugural Circle of Excellence Award at the Fast-Track cities 2021 conference, held recently in Lisbon, Portugal. The Circle of Excellence Award showcases outstanding work in fast-tracking the HIV response and advancing innovative programming to end the AIDS epidemic in cities by 2030.

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Fast-Track cities in South-East Asia have been stepping up efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that HIV treatment and prevention services remain unaffected by the pandemic and to protect the gains made in the HIV response. The dynamic city-based infrastructures that have been built up around the HIV response are being leveraged to implement innovative programmes to safeguard people living with HIV and other vulnerable populations and contain the spread of COVID-19.

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GENEVA, 25 October 2021—UNAIDS welcomes the announcement by New Zealand that it has removed all travel restrictions for people living with HIV. The recent decision by Immigration New Zealand to remove HIV from the list of medical conditions deemed likely to impose significant costs or demands on New Zealand’s health services means that the blanket ban for people living with HIV to get a resident visa has officially been removed. 

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Speech of H.E. Sir Ratu Epeli Nailatikau

H.E. Sir Ratu Epeli Nailatikau Speaker of Parliament and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for the Pacific Region.
Handover of ARV donation by UNAIDS, Atlanta Medicare Ltd and DFAT-Fiji to Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

Monday 27 Sep 2021 at 3pm FPBS

• The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Hon. Dr. Ifereimi Waqanibete;
• The UNAIDS Regional Director for Asia Pacific- Mr Eamonn Murphy
• The Deputy Australian High Commissioner to Fiji Mr Paul Wilson
• The CEO, Atlanta Medicare Co Ltd – Mr Suphadej Amnuaysakul
• The UNAIDS Country Director, Thailand- Ms Patchara Benjarattanaporn
• The UNAIDS Country Director, Fiji and the Pacific- Ms Renata Ram
• The Staff of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services;
• Members of the media
• Ladies and Gentlemen

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