“I believe that the global community has a lot to be proud of”, says Prof. Wafaa el Sadr, professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at Columbia University. “Over the past decades, the fight against AIDS has known great success. However, we are not done yet. “
“We need to take some of the evidence we have at hand and take that evidence off the shelf and take it to action.” “Innovation is creativity in solving problems, explains Mark Dybul, director of the Center for Global Health and Quality at Georgetown University, in this short vlog. “Without innovation, we won’t achieve the end of the AIDS epidemic”. Prof el Sadr agrees: “We need to take some of the evidence we have at hand and take that evidence off the shelf and take it to action,”. El Sadr explains that innovation is not only related to technology, but for example also to innovative financing solution, to science and policy. Both Dybul and el Sadr emphasize that innovation is key to sustain an effective future response; to help combat new challenges, make use of new opportunities that arise and help end the AIDS epidemic.
This need for innovation has been the main focus of the Noordwijk meetings, where experts from different fields in the AIDS response met to discuss these challenges and possible solutions. The results of these meetings will be discussed during our official AIDS2018 pre-conference on July 22. Tickets are still available.
Watch the interviews with Mark Dybul and Wafaa el Sadr below.