Mitchell Warren: How to Realize an AIDS-free World

As leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama throw their support behind efforts to end the global AIDS pandemic, it is crucial that the international community make sure there is enough funding for AIDS-related programs. More importantly, the world needs a global plan of action to guide its efforts going forward.

This is according to the head of AIDS campaign group AVAC Mitchell Warren, who identifies in a blog in the Huffington Post three priorities for a global action plan against the life-threatening epidemic:

  • Deliver, in a smart and massive scale, all known effective HIV prevention strategies such as voluntary male circumcision.

  • Quickly determine the effectiveness and identify best uses for new HIV prevention options, including new approaches such as pre-exposure prophylaxis.

  • Boost support for the research into an effective vaccine and cure for HIV infection.

In short, Warren says it is important the funding supports evidence, which suggests it is possible to end the AIDS pandemic. He suggests re-examining resources and reallocating these as needed to make sure global efforts have the “greatest possible impact on the epidemic.”

“In the decades to come, we’ll be judged by whether we capitalized on the opportunity to end AIDS when it arrived,” Warren says. “Did we set clear priorities and back them up with the right resources? Or did we muddle along and avoid the tough decisions that would make the greatest difference?”

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.