“I am really looking forward for this report and this pre-conference to become a gamechanger in the HIV response,” says Nduku Kilonzo, Executive Director of the National Aids Control Council (NACC) of Kenya, in this short vlog. Kilonzo is one of the chairs of the Joep Lange Institute pre-conference at AIDS2018 on Sunday July 22: meeting the 90-90-90 targets: faster and better. In preparation for this conference, Joep Lange Institute held seven consultation meetings with global experts to reflect on current challenges and explored potential solutions. Kilonzo: “There has been a series of consultations across the globe with various actors, who are implementors, who are donors, who are policy-makers, for us to start to ask ourselves: “what will it take us to be able to get to ending AIDS?” The executive summary with the main recommendations is available now. The full report is also available here, as well as the presentations about treatment, finance, prevention.
“This conference really begins to ask what we need to do differently, and how will we get there. That in itself is an inspiration for everyone who’s attending the AIDS conference 2018.” – Nduku Kilonzo
The report forms the foundation for the session and discussion during the pre-conference this Sunday. “We need to have frank, honest discussions about what is not working and how we are going to address the shortcoming we are facing. If we don’t address these shortcomings we can’t reach our goals of ending AIDS,” explains David Barr, a long time HIV treatment advocate, as motivation to publish this report and organize pre-conference. Barr has coordinated this project on behalf of its three chairs: Mark Dybul, Lillian Mworeko and Nduku Kilonzo. The report is divided into five main themes. Around each theme one of more sessions are organized, with an impressive line-up of speakers. You can read the program here, and the executive summary here.
Kilonzo: “This conference really begins to ask what we need to do differently, and how will we get there. That in itself is an inspiration for everyone who’s attending the AIDS conference 2018.”
Nduku Kilonzo and David Barr both agree there is a need for constant innovation within the HIV response. Barr: “We have made great progress, but we need to sustain that progress over decades.”