Tanzania president calls for renewed efforts to fight new HIV infections


DAR ES SALAAM, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Thursday called on stakeholders in the fight against HIV/AIDS to renew efforts aimed at preventing new infections.

In her national address to mark World AIDS Day, Hassan said the focus should be to eliminate HIV/AIDS by 2030 as pronounced by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

She told a public rally in Tanzania's southern region of Lindi that the focus should be protecting vulnerable groups, especially the youth aged between 15 and 24, from getting new HIV infections.

Hassan ordered the Ministry of Health to put in place strategies aimed at minimizing the stigmatization of people infected with HIV.

UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima on Tuesday launched a report that revealed dangerous inequalities are undermining the AIDS response and jeopardizing the health security of everyone.

Entitled "Dangerous Inequalities", the report unpacks the impacts that gender inequalities, inequalities faced by key populations, as well as inequalities between children and adults have had on the AIDS response.

According to the report, every two minutes, an adolescent girl or young woman (15-24 years) acquired HIV in 2021, yet in 19 high-burden countries in Africa, dedicated combination prevention programs for adolescent girls and young women are operating in only 40 percent of high-incidence locations.

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