Monday, 2 December 2013
United Nations agencies joined Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health today in observing World AIDS Day. UN agencies and the Government estimate that some 5,000 Afghans live with HIV - and that only 1,529 of these cases are registered. At an event in the capital, Kabul (shown in left and right images), to mark the Day, the country’s Deputy Minister for Health Services, Najia Tariq, cited prolonged conflict, drug production and addiction, poverty, illiteracy and migration among the factors contributing to HIV infections. In his message for the Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for “continued investment, commitment and innovation” to reach the vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.