‘End Inequalities. End AIDS. End Pandemic’
The world crisis caused by COVID-19 poses difficulties also for the efforts to reduce AIDS infection.
Different countries fail to ensure smooth AIDS prevention, experiment and treatment, resulting in an increase of danger of massive infections and deaths.
According to information available, AIDS cases reached over 38 million across the world until 2020, with the number of those infected with the disease amounting to 1.5 million that year and that of the dead being 680 000.
The reality demands the public health authorities and medical organizations of each nation make strenuous efforts to prevent the spread of AIDS as they pay constant attention to the treatment of patients, although they are faced with great challenges and difficulties due to COVID-19.
The World Health Organization set “End Inequalities. End AIDS. End Pandemic” as the theme for this year’s World AIDS Day.
It is needed to render equal medical assistance to all people wanting treatment, and information activities have to be intensified to prevent AIDS infection.
The Family Health Association of Korea added a project for preventing HIV/AIDS to activities of sexual and reproductive health service and closely cooperates with the government to prevent AIDS.
In the course of implementing different projects for the prevention of HIV/AIDS, constant efforts are being made to raise social awareness of the prevention of HIV/AIDS and ensure that collaboration organs conduct prevention and information activities in diverse forms and methods and various information materials are provided for information activities targeting residents.
The association has also organized regional workshops to enhance volunteers’ capacity for information activities as to the prevention of HIV/AIDS and photo exhibitions and seminars to raise public awareness.
Thanks to the activities of the association, public awareness of HIV/AIDS and the number of volunteers have increased remarkably.
Though the DPRK has no HIV/AIDS cases, it is also in constant danger as the disease is spreading almost all over the world.
The association, taking the prevention of HIV/AIDS/sexual infection as important part of sexual and reproductive health services, carries on activities to prevent HIV/AIDS while directing main force to the service for residents who are subject to restrictions in the use of communication, transport means and medical service.
Choe Song Il, department director of the Family Health Association of Korea