UNAIDS calls for improved access to condoms for all who need them13 Feb 2017
On International Condom Day, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is calling for countries to remove barriers that hinder access to, and the use of, condoms. Condoms are an effective means of preventing HIV and sexually transmitted infections.
With the annual number of new HIV infections among adults remaining static at 1.9 million for the past five years, and increasing in some parts of the world, there is an urgent need for improved access to HIV prevention options, including condoms and lubricants. For example, the gap between availability and need in sub-Saharan Africa—the region most affected by HIV—is estimated to be more than 3 billion condoms.
Improving condom availability
UNAIDS supports creative and strategic thinking around innovative approaches to improving condom availability. In its press statement, UNAIDS is calling on countries to make condoms available for free or at a low cost through their public health facilities and engage in imaginative marketing strategies and distribution systems, including social enterprises and community-based programmes.
In 2015, there were 2.1 million new HIV infections. Increasing access to condoms is a critical element to meeting the target of fewer than 500 000 new HIV infections by 2020—an important milestone in efforts to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
Delivering on what we promise
Ulinzi Latex, part of NRS International, is a newly established company that will manufacture and supply high quality, totally reliable and affordable reproductive health products for the institutional market. By 2022, we aim to become the largest condom manufacturer worldwide by volume.
Building our ambitious project on a greenfield site in Lahore, Pakistan, we plan to build up our production capacity gradually. By 2022, we aim to manufacture more than eight billion condoms each year. This will give greater access to family planning and will bring new impetus in the fight against HIV/AIDS. By working with all stakeholders, we can together make a significant and long-lasting contribution to many of the Sustainable Development Goals, and so make the world a better place for all.
UNAIDS leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 UN organizations—UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank—and works closely with global and national partners towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.