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Unleash untapped potential to end AIDS

  • Gunilla Carlsson

Geneva   /   Wed, July 17 2019   /  01:22 am

All countries have committed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. This includes the commitment to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat. Yet with just 11 years to go, it is a mixed picture. In many countries, great progress continues to expand access to HIV treatment and prevention options that are, in turn, reducing AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections. But there are still far too many countries where AIDS-related deaths and new infections are not decreasing fast enough, even rising in some cases, even though we know how to stop the virus. So why are some countries doing so much better than others? The clue is in the title of the United Nations’ UNAIDS new report, “Communities at the center”.Success is being achieved where policies and programs focus on people, not diseases, and where communities are fully engaged from the outset in designing, shap...