The National AIDS Council (NAC) says the goal to eliminate any new HIV infections can be won if leaders at all levels respond to the epidemic through community mobilisation for social and behavioural change programmes.Leaders at all levels have been called on to ensure that they promote and organise programmes that encourage the reduction of HIV prevalence, especially in their different communities.
In an interview, the NAC Public Relations Officer, Mr. Orirando Manwere said the challenge is not aimed at political leaders alone but various leaders across the social divide.
â€œThis yearâ€™s commemorations are targeting at ensuring that leaders across all sectors should ensure that new infections, stigma and discrimination as well as AIDS- related deaths are reduced,â€ said Mr. Manwere.
World AIDS Day this year is being commemorated under the theme â€œGetting to Zero.â€
Backed by the United Nations, the â€œGetting to Zeroâ€ campaign runs until 2015 and builds on last yearâ€™s successful World AIDS Day â€œLight for Rightsâ€ initiative encompassing a range of vital issues.
This yearâ€™s commemorations will be held in Mutare.