World Aids Day is December 1st – Wilton Park plan a finance for HIV and Aids conference next February

25 November, 2010

The 2010 UNAIDS reveals that AIDS-related deaths are decreasing. There are fewer newly infected people with HIV. Next February we will run a conference that will explore ways of mobilising more funding for treatment, and maximising the money raised.

 

Financing continued scale-up in HIV treatment: more money for years gained and more years gained for the money

Tuesday 22 – Thursday 24 February 2011 (WP1091)

World AIDS Day was first conceived in August 1987 at the Global Programme on AIDS in the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. The first observance was in 1988. This year, the 2010 UNAIDS Report, released November 23 2010 has revealed that AIDS-related deaths are decreasing, and the overall number of people newly infected with HIV is declining.

The data also shows that in 2009:

  • an estimated 33.3 million people in the world were living with HIV;
  • 2.6 million people became newly infected with HIV; this figure is significantly lower than the 3.1 million people who were newly infected with HIV in 1999;
  • and 1.8 million people died from AIDS-related causes; again this is a significant decrease from the 2.1 million people who died in 2004.

See UNAIDS map of 2010: A global view of HIV infection

However, the report also exposes a huge funding gap of US$10 billion, between what is available and what is needed for the AIDS response, in part due to reduced funding from donor governments.

We explore these challenges in a conference in cooperation with Richard Feachem, (Global Health Sciences at the University of California), and Gilead Sciences. It brings together Ministers of Health from low-middle-income countries with high HIV burdens, and leaders of the main multilateral and bilateral agencies that are financing HIV treatment. The conference also includes those rolling out treatment programmes on the ground, and leaders from foundations, think tanks, the private sector and the advocacy/NGO community.

In the year 2000, almost no one in the developing world was receiving antiretroviral therapy. Today, roughly 5 million people are on therapy and their lives are being extended by decades. The drugs to achieve this result have improved enormously; down to one pill a day at a cost of about $200 per year in the developing world. Programs to deliver these drugs have expanded hugely, financed mainly by PEPFAR and the Global Fund.

 

 

The UNAIDS Report on the global AIDS epidemic includes new country by country scorecards on key issues facing the AIDS response. Based on the latest data from 182 countries, this global reference book provides comprehensive analysis on the AIDS epidemic and response. For the first time, the report includes trend data on incidence from more than 60 countries.

The challenges ahead are huge – as many as 15 million people need antiretroviral treatment now, and nearly all of the 33.3 million people living with HIV may need to begin treatment within the next five years.  The  rates of new HIV infection continue to pose substantial challenges to health systems around the world.

 

Additional reading

See UNAIDS REPORT ON THE GLOBAL AIDS EPIDEMIC 2010

See Medecins Sans Frontieres ‘No time to quit: HIV/AIDS treatment gap widening in Africa’

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