Foreword: Annual Report 2015
Solange Baptiste, Executive Director of International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), shares her reflections on the task ahead in her foreword for ITPC’s Annual Report 2015.
I am delighted to share our annual report, which highlights ITPC’s achievements in 2015. Although there are 16 million people on treatment today, our job as treatment activists has never been more critical. The evidence tells us that starting HIV treatment early is necessary for epidemic control, essential for good health and plays a major role in prevention too. The new guidance behind ‘test and treat’ means that suddenly 21 million people need treatment now. At a time of dwindling resources, the international community must wake up and act now!
We are facing a US$9 billion gap to finance the HIV response. Need has dramatically outpaced resourcing. And amidst shrinking funding, the money allocated rarely reaches communities most affected. Still far too many interventions are not evidence informed, and in some cases actually harm those most vulnerable.
We must urgently fix the drug development model that ...