On the Fast Track to Ending the AIDS Epidemic

On the Fast Track to Ending the AIDS Epidemic

Progress made over the last fifteen years in the fight against HIV/AIDS could be undone if urgent action is not taken within the next five years, a report from UNAIDS warns. The report, On the Fast Track to Ending the AIDS Epidemic (33 pages, PDF), found that while the rapid scaling of antiretroviral therapy and community engagement to remove barriers to such efforts have helped reduce AIDS-related deaths by 42 percent since 2004, twenty-two million people still lack access to treatment. What's more, prevention programs have fallen short in recent years due to inadequate leadership, weak accountability mechanisms, and reduced funding, while limited access to HIV testing — and, as a result, late diagnosis — remains a barrier to treatment. As outlined in UNAIDS' 2016-21 strategy, efforts to end the epidemic by 2030 through a fast-track, multi-sectoral response and strategic use of resources will require an evidence- and rights-based focus on locations, populations, and interventions aimed at achieving the greatest impact; investing in and enabling civil society leadership and engagement; and front-loading a diverse bundle of investments that can deliver historic health and development gains and generate significant economic returns.

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