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HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria – Let’s go for the big win!

It is good to celebrate every win on the way to victory. Even the very small ones – they remind you that you are making progress, and progress is what you need. However, the danger with getting too complacent and mistaking the progress for achievement is that the enemy who is in hot pursuit may not only catch up, but soon overtake you!

That may well be where we are headed with the fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, three ‘Goliathan’ enemies to global public health. The 2018 UNAIDS report, Miles to go—closing gaps, breaking barriers, righting injustices, cites still a 20 percent shortfall between what is needed and what is available. This, according to UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé, is a funding crisis and he has urged political leaders, national governments and the international community to increase financial investments towards the fight against HIV/AIDS.

In the UK, Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle decried the Department for International Development’s (DFID) cessation of funding towards development of an HIV vaccine, an intervention that could potentially have major benefits for lower-income countries that are hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Increasing insecticide and drug resistance are necessitating acceleration in the search for new treatment and prevention approaches to TB and Malaria yet the political commitment to support such research is wavering, according to Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund partnership which pools the world’s resources to invest strategically in programs to end AIDS, TB and malaria as epidemics. 

As the sixth Global Fund Replenishment is launched in France this year, there can only be one message to all who have the political, economic and social muscle to determine where the money goes – let’s STEP UP THE FIGHT against HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, let’s go for the big win!