Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Vijavat Isarabhakdi, and Mr. Eamonn Murphy, UNAIDS Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, have reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing cooperation in achieving the goal of “ending AIDS as a public health threat” by 2030.
They took part in the event to commemorate Zero Discrimination Day at Vites Samosorn, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Bangkok on 1 March 2021. Over 120 participants from the diplomatic corps, government sector, international organizations, and civil society attended this event.
The event featured a panel discussion on “Global Partnership to Eliminate All Forms of HIV-Related Stigma and Discrimination.” The panelists exchanged ideas and insights on “Global Partnership to Eliminate All Forms of HIV-Related Stigma and Discrimination” and introduced solutions and approaches to tackle the issue in Thailand and the Asia-Pacific.
They agreed that stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV worsened the HIV/AIDS situation, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has deepened inequalities in accessing the necessary health services.
In addition, the exhibition of the book in honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali Krom Muen Suddhanarinatha, UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for HIV Prevention for Asia and the Pacific, and other exhibitions on ending discrimination were also on display at the event.
In closing, Mr. Nadhavathna Krishnamra, Director-General of the Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, summed up the discussion by highlighting how the spread of HIV/AIDS has exacerbated poverty and gender inequalities. Community-led and people-centered approaches need to be reinforced to reach out to those who may feel isolated and to create a better understanding of HIV infection in the society.
Information technologies and innovative approaches were considered essential to strengthening efforts to address HIV and AIDS as well as the comprehensive health coverage which will ensure health security without leaving anyone behind.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department