The bill to end AIDS

Current epidemiological and financial trends suggest there’s a major risk of a substantial shortfall in the funds required to sustain life-saving antiretroviral programmes.

In the past 15 years, the global community has provided US$109.8 billion in development assistance to curb HIV/AIDS.

Several international aid organisations created in this period have been instrumental in galvanising the resources needed to combat the epidemic.

But meeting the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets – that 90% of HIV positive people will know their status, 90% of those people will be on antiretrovirals and 90% will be virally suppressed by 2020 – will require major changes in how programmes are delivered and financed.

Professor Wiysonge suggests certain evidence-informed strategies for moving the AIDS agenda forward and estimates that it will take more than $36 billion every year to end AIDS.

The full article is available from the online magazine, The Conversation.