St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): While significant progress has been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS since the 90s, the World Health Organization reports that there were 1.7 million new infections last year, 38 million people were living with HIV in 2019, almost 700,000 died of HIV-related causes and 68 percent of adults living with HIV receive lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) in 2019.
Among the WHO key messages, this year are calling for a renewed effort to end HIV by 2030 through investment, innovation, and integration of HIV services with broader health care and pandemic responses.
The use of innovative HIV services to ensure continued care by for example providing multi-month prescriptions of HIV medicines to protect the health of people on HIV treatment and to reduce the burden on a stretched health service.
Engage and protect nurses, midwives, and community health workers.
Prioritize the vulnerable – youth and key populations including people who use drugs, men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, and people in prison that are disproportionately affected by HIV.