On the last 24th and 25th of February a number of activists and specialists in HIV and AIDS met in Panama with a view to the construction of a better response to the epidemic. The meeting was convened by the UNAIDS regional office.
Political scenarios are of utmost importance to achieve optimal results in the issue of HIV and AIDS. Therefore, Panama City became, last week, the headquarters of the “Regional dialogue for the construction of political scenarios on the future of AIDS”.
Different activists and specialists in HIV and AIDS discussed various aspects about the current reality of the countries of Latin America, political scenarios, and history, among other aspects allowing to have a panoramic view of the situation in the region.
“This regional dialogue responds to a request from global level that seeks to analyze the current political scenarios of the regions, in addition to know what has happened in response to the AIDS epidemic”. Said César Nuñez, UNAIDS Regional Director.
For instance, the current situation in Venezuela was also discussed, a South American country that goes through a strong political crisis, which prevents an optimal response to the epidemic within the country. Another example is the violence that exists in Mexico or the economic situation that Colombia faces. All these factors have caused a strong migration flows to other countries where people can count on better services for people with HIV. Panama is an example of these countries which provide improvements in care and the care of people with HIV. However, this migratory flow presses negatively the health system of these countries.
The conclusions of this regional consultation participants agreed that the political scenarios are not favorable for an optimum response to the HIV epidemic and it will remain so in the next fifteen years.
UNAIDS expects to end with all the regional consultations and then submit a report established in Geneva in June this year, which will allow to define the strategies of this body regarding different scenarios of the regions.
Activists and specialists who attended this dialogue were invited to participate in the “Update of the 2016-2021 UNAIDS strategy”, which responds to a request made by the Board of Directors of UNAIDS Secretariat to review and update their global strategy to achieve the goals established by the General Assembly of the United Nations to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as a global public health risk.