Keen on HIV Erad­i­ca­tion

Southasia - - Briefing -

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

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