International AIDS Conference preview: A few must reads

One of the biggest international gatherings focused on AIDS research, prevention, policy and treatment is set to commence July 22 (Sunday) in Washington, D.C. Here are a few essential pieces to read ahead of the 19th International AIDS Conference:

  • Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have published a new briefing paper exploring the history, challenges, progress and successes of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. The brief also explores concerns surrounding PEPFAR as it faces Congressional reauthorization in 2013.

  • Center for Global Development experts Mead Over and Jenny Ottenhoff discussed the upcoming conference and the United States’ contribution to global health efforts to fight AIDS in a podcast with Lawrence MacDonald, also a CGD expert. Both expressed what they think the conference’s best possible outcome would be, with Over citing innovations to boost the global campaign and Ottenhoff highlighting new measures to make the response more effective and efficient.

  • In a separate blog post, Ottenhoff discussed four big issues that could affect the United States’ support for HIV and AIDS in the year ahead. She stressed how important it is for conference participants to find new ways to obtain more value for money from treatment and prevention programs, given that “high levels of funding are uncertain at best.”

While U.S. President Barack Obamawill not be attending the conference, he will be recording a video message to welcome participants to the event. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, will address the opening plenary session July 23.

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