Global Progress On Reducing New HIV Infections Stalls, Donor Government Funding For Disease Declines Slightly, New Reports Show

The BMJ: Global effort to reduce new HIV infections is stalling, U.N. warns
“The global pace of progress in reducing new HIV infections and increasing access to treatment is slowing down, says a report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Communities at the Centre shows that, while some countries are making very good progress towards U.N. targets, others are seeing rises in new infections and AIDS-related deaths…” (Wise, 7/19).

Inter Press Service: U.S. Leads Donor Funding to Fight HIV/AIDS Amidst Overall Decline
“…[Jen Kates, senior vice president and director of global health & HIV policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF),] worries that ‘because of many of the successes, [there is] a false sense that HIV is no longer a problem.’ … [A new] KFF/UNAIDS report argues that if the current [funding] trends continue, ‘future funding from donor governments is likely to remain stable at best, and will hinge largely on future U.S. support’…” (Pigliucci, 7/19).

The Telegraph: ‘AIDS is not over’: lack of funding hampers progress
“…Gunilla Carlsson, UNAIDS executive director, said political leadership was crucial to ending the epidemic. ‘This starts with investing adequately and smartly and by looking at what’s making some countries so successful. Ending AIDS is possible if we focus on people not diseases, create road maps for the people and locations being left behind, and take a human rights-based approach to reaching people most affected by HIV,’ she said…” (7/16).