At the beginning of 2020, Global health experts and activists were planning to kick off a “decade of delivery” with the hope of ending many preventable diseases — and in particular, finally getting the HIV/AIDS epidemic under control globally.
Instead another global pandemic has taken hold, claiming millions of lives, sending economies into free fall, and pushing entire countries into lockdown. Global health has gone from a fringe issue to the forefront of people’s minds all over the world.
This raises many critical questions: How do we tackle both crises at once? What can the fight against AIDS tell us about how to tackle a global pandemic like COVID-19? And how can we prevent COVID from undermining decades of incredible progress tackling HIV/AIDS?
This brief reviews the status of the AIDS response, examines these critical questions, and makes recommendations to retool the global strategy on AIDS to reflect the real challenges and opportunities of the decade ahead.
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