United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the global fight against AIDS is making some progress, but the pandemic continues to spread faster than ever.
Mr. Annan told delegates at the UN Thursday that more new infections and AIDS-related deaths were reported last year than in earlier years. He praised anti-AIDS efforts in Africa, Southeast Asia and Brazil, but warned that only 12 percent of people needing drug treatment are receiving it. Mr. Annan added that most young people lack access to prevention services, and women and girls are increasingly vulnerable to AIDS. Delegates meeting at UN headquarters are to discuss progress in combating the illness which is caused by the HIV virus. Donors have pledged eight billion dollars this year for anti-AIDS programs.