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The 2nd Conference on AIDS in Sindh (CASP) 2016 is a call for unconditional solidarity towards the HIV /AIDS cause in Pakistan. It is an opportunity to face this universal threat and bring to an end the spread of this pandemic by increasing public consciousness and awareness.
HIV/AIDS is an endemic threat faced by the world at large as well as in Pakistan due to a number of risk factors. It is a major challenge to our society and to the rest of the world that's why it has been given special attention in all the countries.
Pakistan being a signatory to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is committed to end HIV / AIDS epidemic in the country by the year 2030 by becoming part of the Global Fast Track Response to HIV/AIDS.
It gives me immense pleasure to convey my heartiest felicitation to Sindh AIDS Control Program Health Department, Government of Sindh, on organising the 2nd Conference on AIDS in Sindh (CASP) which will build the image of Sindh Governments devotion to the cause of eliminating HIV /AIDS in the Province.
It is the privilege of Sindh AIDS Control Program, Health Department, Government of Sindh, to host the 2nd Conference on AIDS Sindh, (CASP) in Karachi.
The Joint UN team on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) congratulates the Sindh AIDS Control Program, Department of Health Government of Sindh for Organising the second AIDS Conference in the city of Karachi. The world is embarking on a Fast-Track strategy to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The Fast-Track approach includes achieving the 90-90-90 treatment target for 2020, whereby 90% of people living with HIV know their HIV status, 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status are accessing antiretroviral treatment and 90% of people on treatment have suppressed viral loads. Other Fast-Track Targets include zero infections among children and that 90% of women and men, especially young people and people living in high-prevalence settings, have access to HIV combination prevention services.
"Spending on Fast Track City Approach at Karachi will help in addressing 35% of the total problem of HIV/AIDS in Pakistan and 80% in Sindh". Karachi, one of the cities selected for fast track approach is the 6th most populous city in terms of population and the 11th largest urban agglomeration in the world. It is the main seaport and financial centre of Pakistan.