While significant progress has been made in recent decades to advance access to treatment and prevent new infections, the burden of HIV and AIDS continues to weigh heavily on many countries in the African region. Groups most at risk continue to be disproportionately affected, and across the continent women and girls, men who have sex with men, transgender persons, sex workers, young people, and people who use drugs, are increasingly being left without access to prevention and treatment services. We must use this moment to establish a clear path toward guaranteeing that no one is left behind in the AIDS response and tailor HIV and AIDS research, policies, prevention, care, and treatment services to respond to their needs.
"To maximize the benefits of collaboration and harness the cumulative impact of a joint and coordinated regional response, we must first understand each other. "
To maximize the benefits of collaboration and harness the cumulative impact of a joint and coordinated regional response, we must first understand each other. Effective partnerships and coordination will ensure that African countries are better positioned to achieve an AIDS-Free Generation and end preventable child and maternal deaths. Be a part of the solution: take time to meet your neighbors, understand the landscape, consider how regional actors can enhance your work, and build strategic alliances. We must not lose momentum – the time to act is now.
Learn more about how regional actors are working to address HIV and AIDS in Africa through the following resources, developed by USAID’s African Strategies for Health (ASH) project, implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH):
Read about our successful partnerships with regional institutions to strengthen HIV services for key populations in Southern Africa
- Browse the online database of regional organizations
- See more resources on HIV and AIDS featured in the ASH Synthesis Series
Are you in Durban? Stop by booth 328 to pick up ASH resources and meet MSH staff.
Not in Durban? Follow live #healthsystem coverage of AIDS 2016 on MSH’s blog or on Twitter @MSHHealthImpact with hashtags #AIDS2016 #healthsystem #AIDSFreeGen and #EndAIDS2030.