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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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 -
Analysis Shows Future Treatment Costs May Be Heaviest in Southern Africa and UgandaWASHINGTON, March 14, 2012 – With much of the global economy facing slowing growth and uncertain prospects, especially... Show More + in developed countries, a new World Bank report urges African governments and their development aid donors to do significantly more to prevent new HIV infections. Without a dramatic reduction in infections the World Bank says that existing national treatment programs for people living with HIV/AIDS could become unsustainable over the coming years. After decades of relentless expansion, during which HIV/AIDS claimed the lives of more than 30 million people worldwide and infected more than 60 million, HIV prevalence rates are stabilizing globally and in Africa. More than 6 million people are now on life-saving treatment worldwide, and global financing for HIV/AIDS has substantially increased, rising from US$260 million in 1996 to US$15.9 billion by 2009. However, the report war Show Less -
On Friday, after more than a decade of health service reforms, infrastructure improvement and human resource capacity building, the government realized part of its goal with the opening of the state-of-the-art,... Show More + 425-bed, Queen ‘Mamohato Memorial Hospital in Maseru.Lesotho’s King His Majesty Letsie III inaugurated the new hospital, which is expected to bring improved health services to about one quarter of the country’s population.The public hospital features eight operating rooms, a maternity wing including 40-bed nursery, a 10-bed adult Intensive Care Unit, an opthomology unit, two Lamina flow theaters for joint replacement surgery and, most importantly, a well-trained, privately-managed cadre of health care professionals.“There will be a large focus on training at this new facility because of the more modern technology, but also because of the role that this hospital will play in the larger health care infrastructure within Lesotho,” said Karen Prins, Operations Director for the new h 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 -
The project benefits from collaboration within the World Bank Group and a strong partnership with the government of Lesotho. The World Bank provided technical assistance to the design and management of... Show More + the PPP as part of the Health Sector Reform Program.The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Bank’s private sector arm, acted as lead advisor to the government of Lesotho throughout the planning, structuring, tendering and implementation phases of the PPP agreement, including extensive due diligence to establish the project’s feasibility and to engage and secure the support of stakeholders locally, regionally and internationally.Jean Philippe Prosper, IFC Director for Eastern and Southern Africa said, “This pioneering project is the first public-private partnership in Africa's health sector that outsources the design, build and full operation of a hospital and all clinical services. It provides an innovative and sustainable model for governments and the private sector to collabor Show Less -
IDA Grant: US$5 million equivalentProject ID: P107375Project Description: The HIV and AIDS Technical Assistance project in Lesotho aims to build the capacity of government agencies and civil society organizations... Show More + at both the national and local levels to address the identified gaps in implementing the National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan. This will be done in an effort to contain and reverse the epidemic. Show Less -