As World AIDS Day dawns in 2011, the horizon of HIV knowledge and action has expanded beyond health science – and our progress gives us good reason to celebrate. Vigorous activism, research excellence, stronger political will and more cohesive social leadership have resulted in access to viable treatment, a range of proven biomedical prevention mechanisms, clearer epidemiological profiles, and broad-based HIV counselling and testing.
Yet, in this moment of significant gains, commonality of purpose and commitment to accelerating our efforts, we in Africa find ourselves on the edge of a sheer drop in our HIV/AIDS response. The global economic crisis is fracturing foreign donor pledges and deepening socio-economic inequality in middle- and lower-income countries with a high burden of HIV/AIDS.
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