World Aids Day is celebrated every year on December 1 to raise awareness about AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and to mourn those who lost their lives to it.

Although the world has made significant progress in recent decades,  important global targets for 2020 were not met and still HIV remains a major public health issue that affects millions of people worldwide.

The theme of World AIDS Day 2021 will be “End inequalities. End AIDS”, with special focus on ‘reaching people left behind‘, says WHO. The organisation, along with its partners are highlighting the growing inequalities in access to essential HIV services.

World Health Organisation further believes that division, disparity and disregard for human rights are among the failures that allowed HIV to become and remain a global health crisis.

WHO is calling on global leaders and citizens to rally to confront the inequalities that drive AIDS and to reach people who are currently not receiving essential HIV services.

In an urgent call to action ahead of World AIDS Day WHO’s UNAIDS focused on ending the disease as a public health threat by 2030, said that if transformative measures are not taken, the world will stay trapped in the COVID-19 crisis and remain dangerously unprepared for all future pandemics.

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