Aidsfonds Annual Magazine 2016
An AIDS-free world in 2030 – that is our goal. It is within reach: we have the knowledge and the means required. But we must accelerate our efforts now.
If we don’t, the virus will overtake us and millions of people around the world will die unnecessarily from the consequences of AIDS. And the next generation will pay the price. To prevent this, the coming years are crucial. We need to concentrate on groups and areas that face the severest challenges.
Aidsfonds has the expertise. We don’t run away from hard work and focus on those groups that are most affected by stigmatisation and discrimination. These are the areas where we can make the biggest difference.
Our interventions contribute to our objectives. We invest in testing and direct treatment, which is why 2016 saw a slight drop in the number of new HIV infections in Swaziland, one of the most affected countries in the world. The violation of human rights is a major barrier to the HIV response, because it means we cannot reach people with quality education and tailor-made care. We have stood up against injustice and together with partner organisations we have lowered these barriers. As a result, 940,000 young people in five countries received better care and information about sexuality and HIV, for example. In 2016, we also facilitated the implementation of pioneering scientific research that will bring us closer to eventually curing HIV. We supported civil society organisations, through the Robert Carr civil society Network Fund and by other means, to increase their visibility and to ensure improved access to HIV care for vulnerable groups at over 50 locations across the globe. And thanks to our awareness-raising and lobbying activities, we managed to reverse the Dutch government's decision to cut their €9 million contribution to the Global Fund, thus helping to protect the ten million people who receive lifesaving treatment via this international fund.
This Annual Magazine contains a selection of our major projects and results in 2016.