Meeting 90-90-90 targets is not the end of AIDS

July 22 2018

Faster AND Better 

 

The Joep Lange Institute kindly invites you to its AIDS 2018 preconference on Sunday 22 July,  that will discuss the outcomes of a consultation process chaired by Mark Dybul, Nduku Kilonzo and Lillian Mworeko in which we reflected on current challenges and explored potential solutions.

This meeting will challenge and inspire you to bring your experience and creativity towards setting directions for a more ambitious, smarter and sustainable HIV response.

The global 90-90-90 targets are vastly ambitious. In order to meet these targets and sustain that success over decades to come we need to acknowledge and discuss the challenges we face and how to address them. We need a global response that is both faster and better.

For this, we have set up an exciting and interactive day-long program from 9 AM – 5 PM on July 22nd around the following themes:

Meeting the 90-90-90 targets is not the end of AIDS
The need for sustained commitment for high quality and consistent HIV treatment and prevention services will remain for decades even if the targets are met. Without this on-going commitment, HIV will continue to threaten lives and livelihoods.

HIV infection rates have not been sufficiently reduced to control the epidemic
In most countries, even those that are close to meeting their 90-90-90 targets, HIV infection rates have not been reduced significantly. Without a substantial investment in primary HIV prevention, particularly for key populations, young adults and adolescents, it will be impossible to reach control of the epidemic.

Enhance the quality of care to prevent resistance
Rapid scale up of HIV treatment initiation must be accompanied with support services and a guarantee of consistent availability of medications. Without these, drug resistance rates will continue to increase, and the effectiveness of treatment diminished. Ensuring the high quality of HIV care is as important as meeting 90-90-90 targets if we want to end AIDS.

Innovative approaches to sustaining funding for HIV services are needed now
Integration of HIV into Universal Health Coverage strategies is essential not only for an effective HIV response, but for the success of any UHC strategy. Innovative approaches to long-term, sustainable and equitable financing are essential.

Start prioritizing community-based service delivery
Community-based service delivery for HIV prevention, treatment and support services is another essential component of an effective HIV response. Without a significant increase in resources for community systems, health systems will be increasingly overwhelmed, services will not be patient-centered and key populations will continue to be left out of the HIV progress made to date.

Put human rights at the center of the response
Increasingly, human rights abuses are the greatest threat to meeting the goals of ending AIDS. Rather than making progress in this area, ODA policies create greater HIV risks for key populations in middle-income countries, and many governments are increasing discriminatory practices toward gay men and men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, sex workers, migrants and prisoners.

Confirmed speakers include:

Amb. Deborah Birx, S. Global AIDS Coordinator (PEPFAR)
Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS
Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund
Wame Mosime, Director Global Programs and Advocacy of ITPC
Tsitsi Apollo,  Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Zimbabwe
Wafaa El Sadr, Founder and Director of ICAP
Rico Gustav, Senior Policy Adviser, Sustainability of ICSS

We hope you will join us the 22nd to re-energize and re-focus our movement for a faster and better HIV response.

JOIN US AND REGISTER NOW for the 22nd to re-energize and re-focus our movement for a faster and better HIV response.

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If you are registered for the AIDS2018 conference week, registration for the pre-conference is free. If you are not registered for AIDS2018, you will have to buy a day pass to attend. For any questions, please contact event@joeplangeinstitute.org or call 0031 20 303 10 52