Global Burden Of Disease Data Show Ending AIDS Epidemic Possible
The Lancet: MDG 6 and beyond: from halting and reversing AIDS to ending the epidemic
Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS executive director; Mark Dybul, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria executive director; and Deborah Birx, ambassador-at-large and U.S. global AIDS coordinator
“…Overall, [the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s (IHME) Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study 2013 data] echo our concerns that despite breakthrough progress, HIV continues to take a severe toll on health globally. We see a massive ongoing burden of deaths from AIDS-related illnesses that could be prevented. We all see places where more can be done. This is an essential message for political leaders and policymakers. No matter what lens you look through, the opportunity to make a transformative difference in HIV lies before us. … The GBD estimates show the enormous success of the global AIDS response to date, with the annual number of new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths decreasing significantly in recent years. Most importantly, this progress is now allowing us to envisage ending the AIDS epidemic” (9/13).