Ending AIDS: how can we leverage solidarity, science and momentum to reach the next milestone in global health?
Vancouver, May 27, 2014 - Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS did a special lecture in
Vancouver on Ending AIDS: how can we leverage solidarity, science and momentum to reach the next milestone in global health?
Across the globe, progress against AIDS has been amazing and inspiring. We have broken the trajectory of new HIV infections. Today,
we have more than 11-million people on life-saving HIV treatment. Around the world, AIDS mortality is declining. We are making
unprecedented progress to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015 and keep their mothers alive.
For the first time we can see an end to an epidemic that has wrought such staggering devastation around the world. For the first time
we can say that we are beginning to control the epidemic and not that the epidemic is controlling us. It is certain that ending the
AIDS epidemic will mean so much to so many. It will mean zero new HIV infections, zero people dying of AIDS-and all people
living with dignity and without fear of discrimination. Ending AIDS will mean celebrating birthdays instead of attending funerals.
But make no mistake, stigma, denial and complacency are still among us, putting us in danger of failing the next generation. We must
join our hearts and our voices--together we are stronger.
The world is poised to end AIDS and if we stay true to our vision we will remember that a lifelong of dreams begin to transform into reality.
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About the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS:
The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) is Canada's
largest HIV/AIDS research, treatment and education facility and is internationally recognized as an innovative world leader
in combating HIV/AIDS and related diseases. BC-CfE is based at St. Paul's Hospital, Providence Health Care, a teaching
hospital of the University of British Columbia. The BC-CfE works in close collaboration with key provincial
stakeholders, including health authorities, health care providers, academics from other institutions, and
the community to decrease the health burden of HIV and AIDS. By developing, monitoring and disseminating
comprehensive research and treatment programs for HIV and related illnesses, the BC-CfE helps improve
the health of British Columbians living with HIV.
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