The World Bank pioneered global HIV and AIDS financing early in the emergency and remains committed to achieving Millennium Development Goal 6, to halt by 2015 and begin to reverse the spread of HIV and AIDS, through prevention, care, treatment, and mitigation services for those affected by HIV and AIDS.
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CHALLENGEMost of the world’s 34 million people living with HIV/AIDS are in developing countries. Worldwide, 2.5 million people became newly-infected with HIV, and 1.5 million died of HIV-related causes... Show More + in 2011—24 percent fewer deaths than in 2005. Sub-Saharan Africa accounted for 68 percent of all new infections and nearly half of all deaths globally in 2010 occurred in Southern Africa. Even where the overall HIV prevalence is low, AIDS can be a severe burden: It is the leading cause of premature death in Thailand and China. More than 8 million people living with HIV are accessing treatment globally; 7 million who need it do not have it. Moreover, for every one person on treatment, two are infected. Without effective HIV prevention, the numbers requiring treatment will become unsustainable.Despite the global increase in funding during the past decade—from US$1.6 billion in 2001 to US$16.8 billion in 2011—financing gaps persist, and available funds are mainly for treatment. As new infec Show Less -
Credit Also Fights TB, Malaria and HIV/AIDSWASHINGTON, April 2, 2013 – A new project designed to improve the coverage and quality of healthcare in Djibouti will reach 300,000 people, mostly women. The... Show More + US$7.0 million credit approved by the World Bank today will assist Djibouti in its efforts to deliver better maternal and child healthcare services and improved communicable disease control programs (HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria).While Djibouti has made considerable improvements to the delivery of health services, the availability of medicine, and the management capacity of the sector over the past decade, much remains to be done. The country’s health indicators are among the lowest in the world and Djibouti may not achieve the targets of the health-related Millennium Development Goals. The new project, Improving the Health Sector Performance, is aligned with the Government of Djibouti’s Vision 2035, a development plan that will be the basis for the upcoming World Bank Country Partnershi Show Less -
New Studies Show Potential Impact of Programs for Sex Workers, People Who Inject Drugs, and Men Who Have Sex with MenWASHINGTON, November 28, 2012 – As the world prepares to commemorate World AIDS Day... Show More + on December 1, two new World Bank studies urge governments and their development partners to provide better prevention, care, and treatment services for sex workers and people who inject drugs as an important step toward ensuring a world free of AIDS.The studies are the second and third in a three-part series on key populations at higher risk in low- and middle-income countries. In June 2011, the World Bank and partners launched the first study, which focused on men who have sex with men.“In many countries, sex workers, people who inject drugs, and men who have sex with men remain marginalized in society and vulnerable to HIV,” said David Wilson, World Bank Global AIDS Program Director. “Even in countries with epidemics in the general population, these groups are disproportionately affect Show Less -
“Ending AIDS and Poverty”Your Excellencies and honored guests, ladies and gentlemen, colleagues and friends,As we look back on the history of this epidemic, it is hard to say that there is any one... Show More + moment when the tide began to turn. Because the truth is that we have been turning back the tide of AIDS, step by painful step, for 30 years.And at nearly every turn, it is the activists, and their communities, that have led the way.It was activists and communities who devised safer sex, promoted condom use, needle exchange and virtually all the behavioral prevention we use today.It was activists who transformed drug development and regulatory processes, and involved patients in clinical research, cutting drug approval times in half in the global north.It was activists in Durban in 2000 who began to push for access to antiretrovirals in the developing world and who kept pushing and are pushing still for them to be affordable and available to everyone who needs them, everywhere.And it wa Show Less -
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2011 – On the eve of a UN summit to renew global efforts to reverse the HIV/AIDS pandemic, 30 years after the first discovery of the HIV virus, a new World Bank study urges governments... Show More + and their development donors to provide better HIV prevention, care, and treatment services for men who have sex with men (MSM) as an essential step toward reversing the global epidemic. More than 25 million people have died of HIV/AIDS since the virus was first clinically identified in 1981.Written in close partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the new study―Global HIV Epidemics Among Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM): Epidemiology, Prevention, Access to Care and Human Rights―provides the first comprehensive economic analysis of evidence that MSM are at significantly higher risk for HIV infection than other groups in many low- and middle-income countries, where fewer than 1 in 10 MSM worldwide have acce Show Less -
June 2010 - Despite much progress in understanding HIV infectious spread globally, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region stands as the only region where knowledge of the epidemic continues to... Show More + be very limited, inaccessible, and subject to much controversy. In fact the MENA region is still widely perceived as the anomaly in the HIV/AIDS world map and a real black hole in terms of HIV/AIDS data.A new World Bank report, Characterizing the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the Middle East and North Africa: Time for Strategic Action, aims at addressing this dearth of strategic information on HIV spread in MENA through a joint effort of the World Bank, the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and the World Health Organization (WHO).The report summarizes the findings of the largest scientific study on HIV/AIDS in the history of the MENA region: the Middle East and North Africa HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Synthesis Project (PDF). In fact, it provides the first comprehensive scientific assessment Show Less -