Progress towards 2030 UN goal to end HIV epidemic falters

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 19 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4025
  1. Sophie Cousins
  1. Durban

UN leaders have expressed doubt that the goal to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic by 2030 will be met, amid concerns over declining funds and the failure to reduce numbers of new infections in adults.

Speaking in Durban at the International AIDS Conference, the executive director of UNAIDS (the joint UN programme on HIV and AIDS), Michel Sidibé, said that there was a risk the epidemic might slip out of control if investment was lost.

“I’m seeing for the first time a decline in financing from donor countries. If we continue this trend . . . we will not be able to end AIDS by 2030,” he said. “I don’t want to lie to …

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