Aid & Development Africa Summit to discuss progress in combating HIV

Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have contracted the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV/AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Sub-Saharan Africa is the worst affected region, with around 25.6 million people living with HIV in 2015. In addition, sub-Saharan Africa accounts for two-thirds of the global total of new HIV infections.

World AIDS Day aims to raise awareness and show support for people living with HIV, as well as to commemorate those who have lost their lives as a result of the virus.

There has been significant progress in combating the devastating virus. In 2015, the global HIV epidemic claimed fewer lives than at any point in almost two decades. Between 2000 and 2015, the number of HIV infections declined by 35 per cent. Furthermore, the number of AIDS-related deaths fell by 45 per cent saving approximately 8 million lives. Part of the explanation for this is the success of national and international HIV prevention programmes and the massive expansion of antiretroviral therapy (ART).

Having achieved the Millennium Development Goal of halting and reversing the spread of HIV, world leaders have set the “Fast-Track” targets to accelerate the HIV response and to eradicate AIDS by 2030. It has been projected that the expanding ART to all people living with HIV, and expanding prevention choices, will help to avert 21 million AIDS-related deaths and 28 million new infections by 2030.

The biggest ever trial of a new HIV vaccine has begun in South Africa. Researchers hope the vaccine, currently named HVTN 702, could lead to a cure for HIV/AIDS. The trial is based on a trial from Thailand in 2009 which showed a 31 per cent reduction in HIV after three years. In the South African study, researchers are hoping to prove HVTN 702 is at least 50 per cent effective.

Learn about innovations and best practice to tackle HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases at the 2nd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit on 28 February to 1 March 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Miriam Maluwa, Country Director, Ethiopia at UNAIDS will join expert speaker panel to share valuable insights regarding disease prevention and control, vaccinations as well as updates on regional health programmes, collaborations and rapid testing solutions.

Visit event website for more details http://africa.aidforum.org

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