Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 2:

A report prepared for the high-level UN ministerial gathering scheduled on Friday in UN headquarters in New York has revealed that the AIDS epidemic is expanding worldwide.

Despite encouraging signs that the epidemic is beginning to be contained, the epidemic continues to expand in developed countries, according to a release issued by the UN Information Centre, Kathmandu. Nepal will begin its own process for preparing the report on its progress in achieving the UNGASS commitment. The report will be completed in December 2006. Funding for AIDS in developing countries has also increased dramatically from $2 billion in 2001 to an estimated $8 billion in 2005. However resources still fall short of what is needed to stem the epidemic. The release quoted the report: “Progress has been made on several fronts since 2001. Worldwide, the number of people receiving counselling and testing services has doubled over four years. The number of women accessing services to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission has increased by 70 per cent and the number of youngs who have received AIDS education has doubled.”