HIV/AIDS mortality remains high worldwide, according to the UNAIDS Global Report 2019 released on Tuesday.

The content of the report, released in Eshowe, South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, serves as a reminder to the international community that the fight against the pandemic is far from over.

The report said that 770,000 people died of HIV/AIDS worldwide in 2018. The figure shows only a 30,000 reduction from the 800,000 deaths recorded in 2017.

It said that 840,000 deaths were recorded in 2016.

According to UNAIDS, South Africa was nominated out of the 193 UN member states to host the official inauguration of the report in view of its remarkable and outstanding efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

In 2016, the UN member states endorsed the goal of cutting HIV/AIDS deaths by 50 per cent by the year 2020, to less than 500,000 yearly.

The report said, Six months to this deadline the world is far from achieving this target.