Global Fund Executive Director Reflects On Last 16 Years Of AIDS Response

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s “VOICES”: The Next 16 Years
Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, reporting on the International AIDS Conference recently held in Durban, reflects on advances made in response to the AIDS epidemic within the last 16 years. Dybul writes, “AIDS 2016 … shone a light on the uncertainty in the future of the HIV response. … A report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and UNAIDS issued ahead [of] AIDS 2016 shows that donor government funding to support HIV efforts in low- and middle-income countries fell for the first time in five years in 2015. … But there was hope from the conference as well. … It will be much harder to make the quick progress and impact we made in the last 16 years. But today, we have an advantage over 2000: we now have the knowledge and tools to end HIV, TB, and malaria as epidemics…” (8/4).