Data Watch: Closing a persistent gap in the AIDS responseAugust 2014
Where are we in realising the promise of beginning to end AIDS?March 2013
An Action Agenda to End AIDSNovember 2012

An Action Agenda to End AIDS, launched by amfAR and AVAC at the 2012 International AIDS Conference, outlined key actions that need to be taken in 2012–2016 to lay the foundation to end the AIDS pandemic. In launching the Action Agenda, amfAR and AVAC pledged to use the framework as a monitoring mechanism to enhance accountability in the AIDS response.

It is clearer than ever that we have the means to prepare for the pandemic’s “end game.” However, extinguishing the pandemic will not happen on its own. The tools at our disposal will only hasten the end of the pandemic if we use them effectively, at sufficient scale and focused on those most in need. Across the AIDS response, diverse stakeholders need to redouble efforts to maximize the strategic impact of finite resources.

In this update, amfAR and AVAC take stock of global progress towards ending the AIDS epidemic and lay out an agenda for improving accountability through better data collection. As we sought to track progress, we realized that the lack of timely data for decision-makers represents a major obstacle to a more strategic and effective response. Hence, amfAR and AVAC are launching Data Watch to identify the types of core information needed, assess whether existing data systems are meeting essential data needs, and recommend ways to ensure that critical information is effectively marshaled to maximize public health impact.

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Data Watch: Closing a persistent gap in the AIDS response

An Action Agenda to End AIDS: Priority Actions

  • Prioritize rapid, comprehensive scale-up of core interventions (e.g., HIV testing, HIV treatment, voluntary medical male circumcision, prevention of mother-to-child transmission)
  • Mobilize sufficient, sustainable resources
  • Clarify roles and responsibilities and ensure accountability in the response
  • Ensure accountability and transparency of funders and implementers
  • Build the evidence base to end AIDS
  • Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of programs

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Since release of An Action Agenda to End AIDS in 2012, a broad global consensus has developed that the tools and strategies now exist to end the AIDS epidemic. In light of persistent gaps in access to high- value, high-impact core interventions, it is clear that we will need to be smarter and more strategic to lay the foundation to end AIDS.

Collecting and using the best, most timely and strategic data will be central to future success. Much has been accomplished in building the data systems needed to support an effective AIDS response, but much more will need to be done in order to maximize the impact of finite funding.

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