President Obama & Secretary Clinton Must Ensure Unified Government-Wide Action in Final Act
23 July 2012 (Washington, D.C.)
Today at the 19th International AIDS Conference, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the U.S. Government will develop an AIDS-Free Generation Blueprint by World AIDS Day, December 1, 2012.
Sixty-five advocacy and implementing organizations joined together to call on President Obama to reinvigorate an effective unified government-wide approach, to ensure the success of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and to ensure that U.S. funding for PEPFAR and the Global Fund is restored and expanded.
Quotes from Civil Society Experts
Dr. Paul Zeitz, Vice-President, Policy, ACT V: The End of AIDS
“I salute the effort by President Obama, Secretary Clinton and the entire Administration to develop a global battle plan that has a timeline for measurable targets, that mobilizes all stakeholders, implements effective strategies, and that brings together the resources necessary to win the battle against AIDS. As we all know, money is the oxygen for action for creating an AIDS-Free Generation. Action speaks louder [than words and] we need to make sure that governments around the World step up to pay their fair share, including my own government! U.S. leadership in global battle to end AIDS is an essential catalyst."
Chris Collins, Vice-President of Policy, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research:
“When you want to accomplish a complex goal you need a clear plan of action. Creation of a blueprint is an important step forward because it directs our planning, policy and funding toward achieving clear outcomes goals and will help everyone engaged to monitor progress towards an AIDS-free generation.”
Christine Lubinski, Director, Global Policy Center, Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA)
“The Secretary’s announcement that the United States will create a blueprint for the near future to chart a course to an AIDS-free generation sends a clear message that the United States is committed to developing a concrete plan and committing to ongoing investments to ensure that scientific breakthroughs in treatment and prevention are translated into lifesaving services on the ground.”
Leigh Blake, Executive Director, ACT V: The End of AIDS
“Secretary Clinton’s words are leading the charge for bold action! Her actions prove that we cannot change the world until we change the world for women. We also urgently need bold action to address the needs of children in adversity based on the success of PEFPAR’s 10% OVC earmark. Treating each and every child with dignity and compassion is the true measure of who we are as people living at this time in history. All children deserve happiness and we must protect their future.”
Jason Taylor Wright, Director, International HIV/AIDS Alliance USA
“Last November, Secretary Clinton declared creating an AIDS-free generation to be a policy priority of the U.S. Government for the first time, and last World AIDS Day, President Obama looked ahead to the beginning of the end of AIDS. We welcome a blueprint which will provide a plan and define what resources are needed – from the U.S. Government and other stakeholders – to translate this policy imperative into a programmatic reality. We stress that we can only bring an end to AIDS by investing in community-led approaches centered on human rights.”
Sixty-five advocacy and implementation organizations believe that for the U.S. Government AIDS-Free Generation Blueprint to be successful, it should include the following elements:
- Define specific outcomes targets for HIV incidence, morbidity and mortality, and coverage targets for key interventions outlined as priorities in creating an AIDS-Free Generation including HIV/AIDS treatment, PMTCT, male circumcision, and male/female condoms. Scale-up of these interventions in combination with evidence-based structural and behavioral interventions grounded in a human rights framework are essential to achieve an AIDS-Free Generation;
- Require full transparency of US government budgets, partnership frameworks, and country-operating plans;
- Require detailed annual reporting on progress towards targets and implementation of PEPFAR guidance;
- Define how priority interventions will be scaled in combination, and in what settings, to accelerate progress towards outcomes and coverage goals;
- Identify strategies and plans to comprehensively reach key populations;
- Identify priorities and an investment strategy for research and development into new technologies and interventions, and implementation science to optimize service delivery;
- Identify the role that others need to play, including donors and affected countries, and how PEPFAR will synergize with the Global Fund;
- Identify financial resource requirements from the U.S. government, including bilateral assistance, multilateral assistance, and innovative financing mechanisms to achieve an AIDS-Free generation;
- Identify priorities for action across federal agencies and assign responsibilities and timelines for follow through;
- Involve critical stakeholders in a formal review process of the AIDS-Free Generation Strategic Plan, including: people living with HIV/AIDS, the private sector, community advocates, civil rights organizations, faith-based groups, clinicians, and researchers.
Dr. Paul Zeitz