An Alliance for the future

By Christine Stegling

ChrissiAs I re-join the Alliance as the new Executive Director I recognise that we are at a turning point in the global response to HIV, and a strong Alliance is critical to respond to these challenges.

I’m proud to be part of a unique and powerful partnership that has improved the lives of millions of people, and seen HIV become part of a wider approach to health, development and human rights. However the job is far from over.

Every day we are confronted with a stark reality: thousands of adolescents and young people are getting infected; gay men and men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who use drugs and sex workers often have no safe spaces and no support, and many people living with HIV are dying because they have little or no access to treatment. It is our belief that HIV is still a global crisis but with diminishing financial support and deteriorating political will, it is vital we focus on creating an Alliance that is fit for the future.

“HIV is still a global crisis. People are dying because they have no access to treatment.”

Over the next five years we are clear about our priorities. Alliance programming will continue to focus on the most marginalised communities that bear the greatest burden of the epidemic. We will ensure we are working in the countries where the epidemic is most severe and the response inadequate. We will focus on ensuring that all those who need it are offered lifesaving anti-retroviral treatment, and are then sustained and supported to live long, healthy and independent lives.

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“We have to be ambitious and resolute – and achieve the change we set out to make.”

We will make adjustments in how we work. We will deepen our strong global partnership based on solidarity and mutual respect, one that pays tribute to the principles of shared leadership. We will strengthen existing partnerships and open up new ways of partnering that are transparent and add value. If we do this, I am certain we can create an Alliance that can deliver what communities need.

Our updated strategy is resolute and ambitious (to be published March 2016) but with your continued dedication and support we believe it is achievable.

Christine Stegling
Executive Director