News from UNAIDS

A report reveals wide disparities in access to HIV prevention and treatment services.

Globally, in 2020, almost half (46%) of the 1.7 million HIV-positive children were not on treatment and 150,000 new HIV infections were recorded among children, four times more than target of 40,000 new infections by 2020. In the final report of the Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free initiative, UNAIDS warns that progress towards eradicating AIDS in children, adolescents and young women are behind schedule and none of the targets for 2020 have been met.

UNAIDS Strongly Condemns Violence in Tbilisi, Georgia

UNAIDS strongly condemns attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) activists and journalists in and near Tbilisi Pride offices which have forced the organization to cancel Gay Pride events in the city. UNAIDS expresses its solidarity with all LGBTI people in Georgia. « The shocking violence suffered by LGBTI activists and journalists in Tbilisi is totally unacceptable, » said UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima. “The authorities must take urgent action to protect the human rights of the LGBTI community, including the right to freedom of expression and assembly, and to bring those responsible for the attacks to justice. « 

UNAIDS mourns the death of Cyriaque Yapo Ako

(Brigitte Quenum, UNAIDS Country Director for Côte d’Ivoire) It is with great sadness that I learned on July 15, 2021 of the death of Cyriaque Yapo Ako, one of the pioneers of the response to HIV. in Côte d’Ivoire and Africa.

A founding member of the CI Red Ribbon in 1994, he has never ceased to promote the role of communities in the response to HIV. As Executive Director of RIP + in the 2000s, he then brought his expertise to several organizations, including the International Coalition for Treatment Preparedness, African Men for Sexual Health and Rights and I CHANGE CI.

As a founding member of Arc-en-Ciel in 2003, the premier non-governmental organization for gays and other men who have sex with men within the AIDS response in Côte d’Ivoire, he championed the need to create a safe space for sexual minorities in Africa, particularly in Côte d’Ivoire, where gays and other men who have sex with men are frequently subject to stigma, discrimination and violence. He was a friend, brother and colleague to many of us.