President Obama says AIDS-free generation is “within our grasp”

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Barack Obama has issued his final World AIDS Day statement as president.

The two and a half minute video sees the president reflect on his eight years in the White House, and the work that his administration has done during that time to help tackle HIV/AIDS and stigma surrounding it.

He said: “This is the last World AIDS Day that I will mark as president, and I am very proud of what we’ve accomplished together over the past eight years.

“Here and around the world, over 18 million people are receiving the treatment and care they need. Millions of infections have been prevented. What once seemed like an impossible dream – the dream of an AIDS-free generation – is within our grasp.”

“But we know there’s work to do, to banish stigma, save lives, and empower everyone to reach their potential. And all of us – doctors, advocates, service providers, businesses and governments – need to do our part.”

Obama highlighted the impact of PEPFAR, the United States President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, which has helped provide over 11 million people across the globe with anti-retroviral treatment.

He continued: “Today, we remember those we’ve lost, and reflect on the extraordinary progress we’ve won. We give thanks to the heroes on the front lines of this fight, and tomorrow we get back out there.

“Because together we can do this. And long after I leave this office, you’ll have a partner in me.”

Watch Obama’s World AIDS Day address below.

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