G7 countries must lead the way in closing the funding and governance gaps that are hindering the progress of disease elimination globally, says Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS, and Undersecretary General, United Nations
In 2015, the world is seizing hope from the progress we have all made towards ending AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Since 2000, together we have driven down the global malaria mortality rate by 47 per cent, saved the lives of more than 37 million people with tuberculosis and brought new HIV infections down by almost 40 per cent. This year, we will reach the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of ensuring that 15 million people have access to antiretroviral therapy for HIV. Much of this progress can be credited to the leadership of the G7, from the establishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to its commitment to universal access to HIV treatment, which is the key to ending the AIDS epidemic.