Foreword from Solange Baptiste
Investing in Communities – Now, More Than Ever!
Solange Baptiste, Executive Director of International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), shares her reflections on the task ahead in her foreword for ITPC’s Annual Review 2016.
The world changed in 2016. Things were difficult before, but a whole new level of challenge has unfolded for people living with HIV and for civil society as a whole. The populism sweeping Europe and the US is resulting in a new kind of politics that is rescinding on environmental commitments, closing down borders, and reducing aid spending. Already, funding and political will to end AIDS was withering on the vine. Now there is a palpable sense of crisis.
In July, having blocked key population organizations from attending the negotiation process for the “Fast Track to End AIDS” declaration, member states defended their positions based on prejudice and discrimination. Governments that were leading the way on …