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Opinion Pieces Discuss Need For Partnerships, Political Support, Additional Funding To End AIDS Epidemic

Project Syndicate: A Better Global Framework to End AIDS
Isabella Lövin, minister for international development cooperation and deputy prime minster of Sweden, and Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS executive director

“…The movement against AIDS has inspired all of us to help the people who continue to be left behind, and to commit to ending AIDS once and for all. … But funding parts of the global health system is not enough. The international community must take a more holistic view and reinforce a global response architecture that features a clear division of labor and seamless cooperation among various stakeholders. … UNAIDS is setting a powerful example for international collaboration, by organizing partners around a common 2016-2021 Strategy to end AIDS. … Yet, despite its broad mandate and many functions, UNAIDS lacks adequate resources, which threatens past achievements and future programs alike, and poses a danger to people and communities that depend on the lifesaving support the organization helps facilitate. … [T]he international community must strengthen the existing framework for managing global health issues…” (12/2).

The Hill: We will need proven policies, new resolve, and equity to make AIDS history
Wendy S. Armstrong, chair of HIVMA and professor and vice chair of education and integration in the Department of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine

“…We have made remarkable progress in the global HIV epidemic thanks to bipartisan support for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Global Fund … Congress and the next administration must avoid harmful disruptions in health coverage and lifesaving care. They must maintain strong federal support for the [domestic programs and services that] have widened the landscape of care for people living with HIV. They must continue to provide leadership for global efforts to end the epidemic. And they need to do so in a legal, policy, and political environment that respects the rights and dignity of all people. They need to make optimal use of the resources we have, apply the lessons we have learned, and show humanity and vision for the way forward” (12/1).

STAT: Ending HIV requires new prevention methods for women
Bethany Young Holt, director of the Initiative for MPTs

“…[N]ew prevention methods on the horizon, called multipurpose prevention technologies (MPTs), offer protection against HIV as well as an opportunity to simultaneously engage in family planning and reduce other sexual and reproductive health risks with discreet tools that are user-controlled. … Combining separate prevention efforts into one product is a matter of efficiency. But it can also increase the number of women covered by the umbrella of prevention. … MPTs could provide a unique and critical way to leverage women’s need for — and willingness to use — contraception that also includes HIV and STI prevention. … By investing in MPTs — in better, more comprehensive prevention for women — pioneering funders can once again help put us on a path to end AIDS” (12/1).

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