Zambia: While commemorating World AIDS Day with the theme "End Inequalities, End AIDS, End Pandemic," Zambia called for the elimination of inequalities to stop the spread of HIV infections. Minister of Health Sylvia Masebo voiced alarm on Wednesday about the present AIDS situation in her country, noting that the southern African nation registered 51,000 new HIV infections in 2020.
According to reports, Masebo stated that it is vital to re-examine several HIV-related regulations in order to assure their effectiveness and eliminate HIV-related stigma and discrimination.
"The Ministry of Health is calling on community leaders and all citizens to rally together to confront the inequalities that drive AIDS and to reach people who are currently not receiving essential HIV services," she said, emphasising that uprooting inequalities in the fight against HIV requires concerted efforts from all stakeholders. The theme of World AIDS Day, according to Tharcisse Barihuta, Zambia national director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, asks for worldwide solidarity and shared responsibility in the battle against HIV and AIDS.