BRICS highlights urgent need to improve cooperation and action on HIV and tuberculosis

At the close of 2016 BRICS Summit in Goa, India, the group's leaders that meets Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa stressed the urgent need to improve cooperation and action to respond to the HIV and tuberculosis .

In the joint statement, the leaders stressed the importance of cooperation among the countries of BRICS in promoting research and development of pharmaceuticals and diagnostic local tools in order to facilitate access to safe, effective, quality and affordable.

The Declaration of Goa, adopted at the end of the two-day summit, also recorded the efforts of BRICS health ministers to achieve the 90-90-90 targets by 2020 that 90% of people living with HIV are diagnosed (tested); of these, 90% are under treatment; and that this group, 90% had an undetectable viral load.

The statement also highlighted the High Level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on the End of AIDS, held in New York (USA) in June 2016. During the meeting, the countries pledged to follow the acceleration of goal response to HIV to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

At the end of 2015, almost one in three people living with HIV resided in a country of the BRICS. In the same year, these nations also accounted for almost a third of new HIV infections.

"The continued leadership of the BRICS countries will be essential to end the AIDS epidemic," said UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé. "South-South cooperation will be critical to achieving the 90-90-90 targets, which aim to accelerate and intensify our efforts in the response to HIV in order to save lives," he added.

The 90-90-90 targets are part of the response acceleration of HIV that aims to achieve ambitious milestones by 2020, including reducing to less than 500 000 new HIV infections, fewer than 500,000 AIDS-related deaths and the elimination of discrimination related HIV.

It is estimated that failure to speed up the response to HIV result in 17.6 million additional new HIV infections worldwide and an additional 10.8 million AIDS-related deaths between 2016 and 2030.

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