The African Union is taking the lead on transforming the face of the AIDS, TB and malaria responses – through shared responsibility and global solidarity.
Hope abounds as the world surveys progress in the AIDS response.In 22 African countries the number of annual new HIV infections has declined by more than 25% in the last ten years. Access to antiretroviral treatment in Africa has skyrocketed - the number of Africans on treatment has increased 100-fold since a decade ago.
Yet there is no time to be complacent. The AIDS response is a long term investment – millions of Africans will need access to prevention programmes and HIV treatment for their entire lives. It is an investment that delivers returns through increased productivity, lower health and orphan care costs, dignity and hope. In this context, the overreliance of Africa's AIDS response on foreign investments, foreign drugs and foreign solutions is not sustainable.