End to Aids by 2030 'is possible'

GENEVA - There is a chance the Aids epidemic can brought under control by 2030, according to a report by the United Nations Aids agency.

It said the number of new HIV infections and deaths from Aids were both falling.

However, it called for far more international effort as the "current pace cannot end the epidemic".

And charity Medecins Sans Frontieres warned most of those in need of HIV drugs still had no access to them.

The report showed that 35 million people around the world were living with HIV.

There were 2.1 million new cases in 2013 - 38% less than the 3.4 million figure in 2001.

Aids-related deaths have fallen by a fifth in the past three years, standing at 1.5 million a year. South Africa and Ethiopia have particularly improved.

Many factors contribute to the improving picture, including increased access to drugs. There has even been a doubling in the number of men opting for circumcision to reduce the risk of spreading or contracting HIV.


While some things are improving, the picture is far from rosy.

Access to antiretroviral drugs is still an issue

Fewer than four in 10 people with HIV are getting life-saving antiretroviral therapy.

And just 15 countries account for three-quarters of all new HIV infections.

The report said: "There have been more achievements in the past five years than in the preceding 23 years.

"There is evidence about what works and where the obstacles remain, more than ever before, there is hope that ending Aids is possible.

"However, a business-as-usual approach or simply sustaining the Aids response at its current pace cannot end the epidemic."

Michel Sidibe, the executive director of UNAids, added: "If we accelerate all HIV scale-up by 2020, we will be on track to end the epidemic by 2030, if not, we risk significantly increasing the time it would take - adding a decade, if not more."

Dr Jennifer Cohn, the medical director for Medecins Sans Frontieres' access campaign, said: "Providing life-saving HIV treatment to nearly 12 million people in the developing world is a significant achievement, but more than half of people in need still do not have access."

In Nigeria, 80% of people do not have access to treatment.

Dr Cohn added: "We need to make sure no-one is left behind - and yet, in many of the countries where MSF works we're seeing low rates of treatment coverage, especially in areas of low HIV prevalence and areas of conflict.

"In some countries, people are being started on treatment too late to save their lives, and pregnant women aren't getting the early support they need."













By Sector Performance – The leading contributing sector to 2014 YTD performance was mining, followed by dual listed stocks The worst, was the Insurance Sector.

This sad development is not limited to the banking sector as the insurance industry is also struggling.

The Insurance and Pensions Fund Commission (Ipec) in their first quarter report also revealed that 13 out of the 25 registered insurance companies have not complied with the US$1,5 million minimum capital requirement.

In May, Ipec released a statement that confirmed fundamentals in the insurance sector had been eroded. Ipec has so far deregistered five insurance companies and suspended two, bringing to eight the number of insurance companies that have failed to comply with the minimum capital requirement.

The five deregistered companies are Agricultural Insurance Company, Jupiter Insurance, Suremed Health Insurance, SFG Insurance and Horizon Reinsurance. The trio of Altfin Insurance Company, Altfin Life Assurance and Navistar Insurance remain suspended from operating by Ipec.

Ipec commissioner Pupurayi Togarepi said the deregistered and suspended companies were failing to adhere to dictates of the insurance industry and were a reasonable danger to the investing public.

"Most of the suspended companies were failing to adhere to issues of good corporate governance, following insurance principles and some were collecting premiums without adequate capital to cover claims if they were made," Togarepi said.

Togarepi further said some companies like Altfin became casualties of the collapse of their sister companies or related institutions.

"Altfin was left exposed after the closure of Interfin Bank which held most of its investments," he said.

This deepening economic malaise has not been limited to insurance companies and banks but

    Comments (4)

    jesus will solve this one. in fact after this another one will come up because this thing called aids is spiritual.

    see - 17 July 2014

    @See. You are day dreming. Who told you Aids is spiritual? If it is, why are all the churches failing to eradicate it spiritually? Don't play my friend, Aids is real and kills.

    Positive Thinking - 17 July 2014

    Any illness is caused by a spirit,any affliction is as a result of a spirit.HIV is as a result of many things but the spiritual aspect plays a huge role.

    Madhumbe - 17 July 2014

    an end to HIV and AIDS is possible, l believe in human potential.

    thegreat - 20 July 2014

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