UN Secretary-General, His Excellency Ban Ki-moon (left), speaking with CARICOM Lead Head on Human Resources, Health and HIV and Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, at the Caribbean Launch of the UNAIDS-Lancet Commission: Defeating AIDS – Advancing Global Health Report at the Hilton (Barbados).
Through a plethora of strategies outlined in the UNAIDS-Lancet Commission: Defeating AIDS – Advancing Global Health Report, the Caribbean as a collective has the tools to end the threat of the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
Giving this assurance yesterday at the Caribbean Launch of the Report on Day Two of the 36th Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government in Barbados, was Chief of Strategic Policy Directions in the UNAIDS Executive Office, Kent Buse.
Asserting “it cannot be business as usual”, Buse contended that in order to successfully combat the epidemic, actions based on the report have to be taken by the region forthwith.
He cautioned, “As we have heard, the Commission’s findings are quite sobering and despite unprecedented progress, business as usual will in fact mean more new infections and more AIDS-related deaths… If we do business as usual, then th...