World AIDS Day is observed on 1st December every year, which is aimed at reminding the people world over against HIV disease. The day aims to raise awareness on the HIV & AIDS situation and threats faced globally, and highlight achievements and identify further steps that need to be taken to eliminate this disease.
World AIDS Day is the occasion to raise people’s awareness and encourage people to jointly fight against this deadly disease. It is our duty to educate people that HIV can be prevented and, God forbid, if someone is infected, it can be treated as well. Let me share with you that Pakistan is moving towards sustainable national financing to fight this disease and the Government has allocated considerable financial resources to prevent and cure HIV AIDS.
I must take this opportunity to state that Pakistan is a signatory to Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) whereby the government and its partners are committed “to halt and begin to reserve the spread of the disease”. The theme “Getting to Zero” (HIV treatment controls the Virus, Treat for Life, Prevention for Life) needs to be emphasised, which is aimed at sensitizing the individuals to the need of concerted efforts.
The Government of Pakistan thanks all the people involved in the fight against this disease on professional as well as voluntary basis. As we observe World AIDS Day, I encourage all Pakistanis to play their proactive role in preventing this disease. I urge the Civil Society, academia and media to play their effective role in educating the people on how to prevent from the disease. I am sure that with our honest and joint efforts, we can control the deadly disease and ensure a healthy and strong Pakistan.