From July 20-25, over 14 thousand delegates are expected to gather to discuss the most pressing issues related to HIV/AIDS at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.
In keeping with the theme of the 2014 conference, “Stepping up the Pace”, HFG is providing support to countries as they lead, manage, and increasingly finance the efforts needed to ensure that their HIV/AIDS response is effective and efficient. This work is highlighted in a new brief, Ensuring a High-quality and Sustainable HIV Response Through Improved Health Finance and Governance, which will be distributed in Melbourne.
In Botswana, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Lesotho, Namibia, Nigeria, Swaziland, and Vietnam, HFG is increasing the financial sustainability and quality of national HIV/AIDS programs by working collaboratively to:
- generate costing data for HIV/AIDS services, and assist in the development of national transitional financing plans and resource mobilization strategies;
- ensure adequate management, training, and distribution of the health workforce to support the provision of HIV/AIDS services and attain national and global targets for improved health outcomes, particularly for vulnerable children and their families; and
- support these countries as they pursue grants from international financing institutions, such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
In Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, and Zambia, HFG is helping to improve understanding of the cost and benefits of emerging technologies by researching:
- viral load testing at the point-of-care and for early-infant diagnostics; and
- integrated service delivery models, which aim to facilitate effective treatment and reduce the burden of HIV/AIDS over the long term.
Specifically, the brief describes HFG’s support to Cote d’Ivoire, Ukraine, and Uganda as they work to improve their health finance and governance systems, leading to expanded access to health services and improved health outcomes, and ultimately, an AIDS-free generation.