Christine Stegling, Alliance Executive Director, reflects on the progress made in 2015, the challenges ahead and, how we plan to rise to them.
2015 was the third year of implementing our 2013-20 strategy: HIV, health and rights: sustaining community action which unites the efforts of the global Alliance to bring about a world without AIDS.
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The Alliance made excellent progress in 2015, with 13 out of 14 of our milestones exceeded, including 1.3 million HIV prevention services provided to people most at risk from HIV, which was a 30% increase on the previous year, and nearly 1.2 million adults and children were enrolled in HIV care and treatment services, a 29% increase since 2014. You can see more results here and in the Report and Accounts.
The year marked the start of a new era towards ending AIDS. In September 2015, the UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Alliance worked closely with many others to ensure HIV was included as part of a new health goal to promote health and wellbeing for all, with a specific target to end AIDS by 2030.
However, we are at a turning point in the global response to HIV and a strong Alliance is critical to respond to these challenges. Our job is far from over.
We made excellent progress in 2015... but our 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.
At the beginning of 2016 we updated our strategy – setting new measurable goals and refocusing our efforts based on our learning from the first three years. Our 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 antiretroviral treatment, and are then sustained and supported to live long, healthy and independent lives.
Our programming will continue to focus on the most marginalised communities that bear the greatest burden of the epidemic.
We will make adjustments in how we work. We will deepen our strong global partnership. It is a partnership based on solidarity and mutual respect, one that pays tribute to the principles of Southern leadership and shared responsibility. 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.
At the heart of the strategy is the ambition to bring about healthy people, stronger health and community systems, and inclusive and engaged societies.
The coming year will be critical in working to achieve our ambition, but with your continued support we believe it is achievable.