Among the six WHO Regions, Europe stands out with the fastest-growing HIV epidemic. On December 1st, attention shifts to the ongoing HIV crisis, a public health concern that impacts more than 2 million individuals in the European Region alone. Globally, over 38 million people are living with HIV, making it a pressing issue that transcends borders and demands collective action.
World AIDS Day, observed on December 1st, directs attention to the ongoing HIV crisis, a significant public health issue impacting over 2 million individuals in the European Region alone. This critical concern prompts the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners to commemorate World AIDS Day 2023 under the theme "Let communities lead."
The WHO calls for action in three key areas:
Community Engagement: Embrace community leadership in all HIV plans and programs, following the principle of "Nothing about us without us."
Funding Sustainability: Fully support sustainable community leadership, emphasizing that the cost of not ending AIDS surpasses the investment required to end it.
Regulatory Support: Advocate for robust regulations that support civil society, urging the removal of harmful laws and the creation of empowering ones.
These calls to action align with the 17th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 17): Partnerships for the Goals. It is a collective responsibility to ensure that no one is left behind in the fight against AIDS.