December 1, 2016
The US Embassy commemorated World Aids Day on Wednesday in New Delhi.
In his inaugural address MaryKay Carlson, Deputy Mission Chief at the U.S. Embassy, reaffirmed the U.S. Government’s commitment to fight the epidemic. “With strong partnerships and collective efforts, an AIDS-free India is within reach,” she said.
“The U.S. Government commends India’s progress and commitment to end the AIDS epidemic. The United States works closely with the India to prevent new infections, improve the lives of people living with HIV, and support those who are being weighed down by stigma and discrimination against the disease,” she added.
According to an official press release from the Embassy, India had made tremendous progress in identifying those infected with HIV, and to make treatment available to the people living with HIV and AIDS. Since 2001, new HIV infections have been reduced by 66 per cent, it said.
“This is an indication that the programmes and messages are reaching those who are at risk of contracting HIV. This is an impressive accomplishment. India’s national AIDS program is recognised as one of the most successful public health programs in the world,” the release added.
Invitees from Government of India, community-based organisations, technical partners, advocates and patients discussed on how to work together to end AIDS by 2030.