General Assembly General Assembly

Statement by Mr. Sandeep Kumar Bayyapu, First Secretary

on Agenda Item 10:

Implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the political declarations on HIV/AIDS

12 June 2018

 

  1. Thank you Mr. President.

 

  1. As we reach the halfway mark in the implementation of the 2016 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: On the Fast-Track to Accelerating the Fight against HIV and to Ending the AIDS Epidemic by 2030, it becomes imperative to take stock of our progress and to reaffirm our commitments to continue the battle against HIV AIDS.

 

  1. Concerted global efforts and commitments at national level have resulted in measurable progress in containing the epidemic. Globally majority of people living with HIV are now receiving treatment and deaths caused by AIDS have declined by one third since 2010.

 

  1. We understand that the full achievement of the agreed targets by 2020 requires further efforts and above all, political will to ensure the expansion of community-led, people-centred approaches to HIV treatment, immediate linkage to and retention in care, and adherence to treatment. The rapid roll-out of new and improved testing and treatment combinations also remain critical.

 

Mr. President,

 

  1. India, which was facing the specter of disastrous consequences on account of AIDS epidemic about 15 years back, has been able to address the challenge with success.

 

  1. Deaths due to AIDS have been reduced by nearly 55% over the last decade. New HIV infections have been reduced by 66% since 2000.

 

  1. 1.62 million people living with HIV have been tested in India and they know their HIV status.

 

  1. 1.2 million people living with HIV are receiving treatment. With 20.5 million pregnant women screened for HIV, considerable success has been achieved to contain mother to child infection.

 

  1. India has established the world’s largest public-private partnership to provide viral load testing and monitoring of patients under antiretroviral treatment.

 

  1. Synergies have been established between HIV and TB programmes to achieve effectiveness and efficiency to eliminate both diseases in a time-bound manner.

 

  1. Targeted interventions based on close collaboration with communities and civil society, with appropriate funding from the government, have helped deliver key lifesaving services to the affected populations.

 

Mr. President,

 

  1. Access to affordable medicines has played a critical role in India’s achievements in addressing the HIV AIDS epidemic. The low cost generic medicines produced by the Indian pharmaceutical industry, have been instrumental in scaling up access to HIV treatment, not only in India but also in other parts of the world, especially in the developing countries most affected by the disease.

 

  1. More than 80% of the antiretroviral drugs used globally, are supplied by the Indian pharmaceutical industry. The accessibility and affordability of drugs has helped save millions of lives around the world.

 

Mr. President,

 

  1. We would like to thank UNAIDS on this occasion for its leadership in mobilizing the world against the HIV/AIDS epidemic with success.

 

  1. Lessons learnt from this public health model will continue to enrich and inform our strategies to address other global epidemics. 

 

I thank you Mr. President.