Commentary & Opinion
World Leaders Must Inspire Continued Interest in Global HIV Response
May 2, 2011
"HIV prevention, the mainstay of the response to the HIV epidemic, is in danger of falling off the global agenda," Nobel Peace Prize laureates Desmond Tutu and Mohamed El Baradei, both members of the UNAIDS High Level Commission on HIV Prevention, write in a Mail & Guardian opinion piece. The piece comes ahead of a High Level Commission on HIV Prevention meeting on South Africa's Robben Island.
"Preventing HIV works, but flagging interest requires a new, determined surge in leadership and commitment at every level of government and society to transform the response -- putting the interests of those at risk above politics and ideology. It requires us to learn from and support people vulnerable to HIV, not blame them," they write. According to Tutu and El Baradei, the next "global milestone" for AIDS will be in June when the U.N. General Assembly examines the global AIDS response. "Our hope is that the spirit of struggle and renewal will inspire that gathering to sweep away any vestige of complacency in the AIDS response," they conclude (4/29).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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