Ending the AIDS Pandemic: What Still Needs to be Done?
Forty years into the HIV/AIDS pandemic, there are still over 1.5 million infections per year globally and nearly 700,000 deaths. The global targets adopted in 2016 were not reached by 2020, although there has been remarkable progress in some ways. New infections declined by 31% between 2010 and 2020, and AIDS-related deaths declined by 47% during the same period. Yet infections and deaths persist, despite ambitious efforts to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS. Why? As Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS, has said, “to beat a pandemic, you have to confront the inequalities that drive it…inequalities in wealth, in power, in status, and in access to services.” Stigma and denial, structural racism, discrimination against adolescent girls and young women, as well as bias and barriers to access for other vulnerable and key populations, social determinants of health like poverty, housing, and education – these are all persistent sources of inequalities that have an impact on efforts to fight HIV/AIDS. The solutions to these problems will require renewed efforts beyond better technical interventions such as better prevention tools, diagnostics, and medicines— it will require efforts that place affected communities at the center of the public health response.
Please join the CSIS Global Health Policy Center on Tuesday, December 7th from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET for an exciting virtual event featuring Wafaa El-Sadr, Founder and Director of ICAP at Columbia University; Kathleen McManus, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases and International Health at the University of Virginia; and Greg Millett, Vice President and Director of Public Policy at amfAR. The discussion will focus on how inequalities are the drivers of HIV transmission and how they still affect vulnerable populations disproportionately in countries rich and poor alike. Jeffrey L. Sturchio, CSIS Global Health Policy Center Senior Associate, will moderate the discussion.
This event is made possible by the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.