IAPAC meeting in Geneva takes stock of progress and the road ahead
Global health is filled with many ambitious goals and strategic plans. From increasing calls for countries to implement “universal health coverage (UHC)” to HIV-specific campaigns, such as Fast Track Cities and UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 plan, there is no shortage of lofty goals with implementation plans to be accomplished. But questions remain as to how these different plans work alongside one another, and whether the targets are achievable in an environment where donor countries are shrinking their investments, in part due to a spirit of populist nationalism afoot in the U.S. and Western Europe.
On 3-4 May 2018, more than 200 health care providers, researchers, and advocates gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, from across the globe to discuss progress and challenges in turning the tide on the HIV epidemic across the globe at the “Controlling the Epidemic” Summit organized by the International Association of Providers in AIDS Care (IAPAC). The summit addressed epidemiology and surveillance, metrics of success, preparing for new long-acting antivirals, biomedical prevention, social and structural drivers, and the state of the HIV workforce. Presenters represented global and multilateral institutions, implementing NGOs, and providers working at the national level.
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