UNAIDS and the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief have convened a ministerial meeting to review progress in implementing the Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free framework on 24 May. The meeting, sponsored by Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, and the World Health Organization was held on the sidelines of the 70th World Health Assembly.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s HIV catch-up plan shows that impressive results in the response to HIV can be made when partners work together.
There are around 1.5 million people living with HIV in Kenya, around 400 000 of whom are unaware that they have the virus. If people do not know their status, it is impossible for them to access life-saving treatment.
There are also high numbers of new HIV infections, particularly among young people and among key populations. In 2015, there were an estimated 78 000 new HIV infections in Kenya. And testing rates are low, especially among men, meaning they are not able to benefit from treatment.
EMBRACING TRANSFORMATION IN BRIGHT YET TURBULENT TIMES
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” When we survey the state of the world, we find this well-worn adage never truer than today.
We live in an age of remarkable affluence. Global extreme poverty is falling rapidly. People are living longer. Spectacular technological capabilities enable us to learn, connect, heal and advance human progress. More women world leaders are in office than ever before.
South Africa has made great strides in its AIDS response—it has the largest HIV treatment programme in the world, with more than 3.3 million people on antiretroviral therapy, funded almost entirely from domestic sources; AIDS-related deaths have declined by more than 55% since 2005; and around 95% of all pregnant women living with HIV in South Africa now have access to medicines to reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to their child.