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The Fight Against AIDS Needs a Stronger Framework
By admin December 6, 2016

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This year, 1.1 million people have lost their lives because of AIDS and the disease infects still today nearly 6,000 people every day. AIDS is one of the main reasons of death among children and women in Africa. However, it is fundamental to underline the outstanding progress the International Community has made in the fight against HIV and AIDS in the last years. Indeed, the provision of resilient health systems has provided countries and people with treatments, turning HIV into a no longer mortal disease. Africa has also been part of this progress, with the number of cases decreasing every year. Part of these accomplishments was due to the increasing know-how, resources and political momentum that influence the research and political action towards the eradication of the disease. In fact, international organizations such as the UN and countries including Canada and Sweden have committed remarkably to achieve their goals in this field.

In September 2016, the Global Fund held a financing conference for the largest source of financing for efforts to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which was organized in Canada, and brought $13 billion to contribute for its 2017-2019 strategy. Despite increasing funding, it has already demonstrated to not be enough to defeat the disease, therefore countries have unilaterally started to increase their investment towards the eradication of AIDS.

However, the battle against AIDS revealed the need for stronger support to from the global health framework, which must represent a much more holistic and global architecture able to provide better cooperation among stakeholders. Such a framework should be reformed in order to support national health systems in delivering services and providing better treatment.

However, the Global Fund relies completely on its donor to provide aid effectively. Therefore, if countries’ support for other global-health organizations – such as UNAIDS, the World Health Organization, and the UN Development Programme – decreases or stops to achieve outcomes, continued progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS will be at risk. One solution relies on the possibility of donors to coordinate their work in order to provide aid more efficiently and therefore to serve countries and even more people with the support needed. In this regard, UNAIDS is setting a great example as it reunited its organizing partners around a global strategy, which includes UN agencies, together with various governments’ stakeholders such as businesses and members of law enforcement that strengthened their cooperation in the fight against AIDS. Moreover, UNAIDS is collaborating with the Global Fund providing technical support and strategic information to the latter. In its fight against AIDS, UNAIDS started to build the social, legal and political framework needed in order to promote health and gender equality, hence ensuring that people affected by HIV have equal access to services and treatments.

Yet, despite its commitment and broad mandate, UNAIDS still does not have the necessary resources to completely achieve its long-term goals. The real issue relies on the importance of increasing funding and find common solutions to better targets AIDS. Indeed, it is now time to face these challenges and to strengthen the existing framework in order to assure better conditions and management of global health issues.

For more information:

A better global framework to end AIDS

Living with AIDS: There is nothing to fear

Political declaration on AIDS

UNAIDS: HIV Factsheet 2016


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