With DREAM a dream of an Africa without AIDS arrives at the United Nations

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Held on June 9th, as part of “UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS ” occuring in New York at the United Nations, the Side Event entitled “Efficient and Effective Responses to AIDS: the Role of ( NEW) Donors, CSOs and Partners for Sustainable Treatments.”  The initiative, promoted by the Community of Sant’Egidio, will be attended by health ministers of Germany and Kenya, the Foreign Minister of Malawi, and the Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Mario Giro. Several topics will be discussed during the conference including:

    • Effectiveness and efficiency of interventions to address the epidemic of HIV/AIDS :
      After 20 years of commitment of the international community, the battle against HIV/AIDS is at a turning point and must identify the most effective and least expensive interventions. The issue of sustainability is central: Although still lacking an immediate solution, encouraging results obtained by new strategies that will be presented
    • Partnership between the various actors:
      The involvement of different actors, institutional or not, is the key to achieving sustainable results. Many initiatives, the Global Fund for example, are based on a close partnership between donors and recipients, civil society and the private sector. The victory over the HIV/AIDS challenge requires a contribution from all: we must therefore, avoid the marginalization of local actors and coordinate the use of resources in order to reduce waste
    • Mobilization of Resources:
      Putting an end to AIDS requires new resources, new aid, and new donors. How is it possible to avoid the tiredness of the old donors who consider this battle a “business without end”? The event will also present the experience and best practice of the DREAM program, implemented in 10 African countries by the Sant’Egidio Community (dream.santegidio.org). Thanks to the contribution of public and private donors, DREAM continues to provide excellent treatment free of charge to more than 300,000 sick Africans
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