The UN high level meeting on HIV/AIDS began yesterday, 08/06/2011. Its been 30 years since the discovery of HIV/AIDS and many countries have been battling with this disease some a lot more than others. It is common knowledge that Sub-Saharan Africa is the most affected. Some days ago, a report which showed that treating TB would reduce the number of deaths among people living with HIV/AIDS and now the new compact as agreed upon from yesterday’s meeting calls for shared responsibility.
Shared responsibility is necessary because the global economic crisis hit many economies hard and as a result funding for HIV projects has reduced. A UNAIDS report shows 70% of funding for HIV/AIDS in 56 countries comes from international donor funding. The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe acknowledged that we need to share responsibility based on shared values for a social compact. The new compact calls for:
1. Country responsibility- smart responses and recognition of human rights, increase in domestic investment based on ability
2. International responsibility -predictable long-term financing, new development partnership and increased support from emerging countries
3. Shared responsibility for innovation- innovating finance mechanisms especially from the private sector, south south cooperation and joint planning of smart responses.
Personally, I like the third call to action, South- South cooperation has not been fully utilised. A lot could be accomplished especially through the use of regional blocs such as ECOWAS, SADC, EAC and ECCAS. Also because of the amount of money needed to carry out HIV projects, involving the private sector is a really good idea. The government cannot do it all. I look forward to seeing how states implement these policies.