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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ChallengeWith a per capita gross income of $380, Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world, with individuals spending less than $49 on health per year. A 2007 survey showed HIV presence in the... Show More + general population at 3 percent and among commercial sex workers at 38 percent, as well as a rapid increase in prevalence in rural areas. Causes of the epidemic include commercial sex work, widespread presence of multiple concurrent partnerships, and low rates of male circumcision. Implementation of Burundi’s 2002-2006 National HIV/AIDs Strategy (NHAS) was constrained by a host of institutional, technical, financial, and capacity-related issues, the lessons of which were used to develop a second NHAS. IDA was needed to provide strategic guidance, lessons learned, and technical assistance to the second NHAS, and to ensure synergy between health system strengthening and HIV/AIDS interventions. Finally, the government has advocated the importance of IDA’s continued support to civil societ Show Less -
International AIDS ConferenceAugust 4, 2008 - Speaking in conjunction with the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, Mexico, Mariam Claeson, South Asia AIDS Coordinator said that "The... Show More + world has much to learn from India’s data informed approach to policy and priority setting in its response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic."While the country faces several challenges, India also invested in more and better data to understand its HIV epidemic. "India is not complacent," Claeson added.In a recent paper, "Tackling HIV In India: Evidence-Based Priority Setting And Programming," authored with Ashok Alexander, Director of the Gates Foundation’s India AIDS Initiative (Avahan), Claeson said, "Today's challenge is to scale up proven interventions to reach the vast majority of India’s vulnerable populations."ApproachAfter two decades of HIV infection in india, the government has a greater understanding of the magnitude, trends, and diversity of the larg Show Less -