Keen on HIV Eradication
Bhutan is showing some important progress to reaching universal access to HIV services, according to the UN resident coordinator Claire Van der Vaeren.
The resident coordinator was reflecting on Bhutan’s response to AIDS during the launch of the United Nations secretary-general’s report on HIV/AIDS in Bangkok last month, where Bhutan joined 30 countries from Asia to review progress and challenges and develop key actions for the way forward in the region’s efforts to ensure universal access to HIV services.
“Moving forward, one of our key challenges is continued funding support of the HIV and AIDS program in Bhutan,” said the resident coordinator. United Nations Development Programme office in Bhutan, in its latest assessment of HIV/AIDS, has announced that there has been significant progress in scaling up HIV prevention and treatment in Bhutan. The kingdom has also done well in providing free healthcare services and, importantly, in bringing Bhutanese citizens living with HIV into the national response, the office stated.
However, universal access across HIV prevention, treatment, care and support is still not a reality in Bhutan. Since the first case in 1993, the ministry has so far