World AIDS Day is observed every year on 1st of December, We unite to show support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have lost their lives due to AIDS-related illnesses.

World is unable to end AIDS even after 40 years, since the first case was reported, not because of lack of knowledge or tools, but because of economic, social, cultural and legal inequalities existing in the society and also the intricate structural difference of the virus that obstruct in prevention and treatment.

This year, COVID-19 has demonstrated that, during a pandemic, ‘no one is safe until everyone is safe’. Leaving people behind is not an option if we are to succeed. Health is interlinked with other critical issues, such as reducing inequality, human rights, gender equality, social protection and economic growth. This year’s theme ‘End inequalities, End AIDS, End pandemics’, highlights the urgent need to end the inequalities that drive AIDS and other pandemics around the world. It’s time for bold action to end inequalities in societies and to ensure the right to health for all.

The campaign against AIDS is the task of all of us - young and old, government, community organizations and civil society. We have to work together for humanity as a whole against this epidemic.

I call upon all stakeholders to co-operate with A&N AIDS Control Society for prevention and control of HIV infection in these beautiful islands.

Admiral D K Joshi


Lieutenant Governor

Andaman & Nicobar Islands &

Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency