NGO Delegate for Europe Laura Kirkegaard has a wish list for World AIDS Day – what’s yours?
World AIDS Day is about remembering the people we lost, recapping on our results and re-committing to the cause.
For us AIDS activists, it also reminds us that another year has passed. This year, I shall mark the day by making a World AIDS Day Wish List for 2013:
- More funds for HIV vaccine research from more governments – because translating the recent scientific breakthroughs into a vaccine is both difficult and expensive, but really, really necessary to end AIDS
- Good interim results from the ongoing microbicide trials – because women need HIV prevention methods they can control and they need them soon
- A successful replenishment of the Global Fund – because we are still losing so many lives to AIDS, unnecessarily
- Courageous and compassionate national AIDS responses – because leaving society’s most marginalized people without access to HIV services and basic rights is not only accelerating the epidemic, it is a disgrace for humanity
- UNAIDS taking leadership and placing the global AIDS response solidly in the post-2015 agenda and working with civil society and the Global Fund to ensure a comprehensive response within the new framework – because we can’t afford to lose sight of our commitments now that we are just beginning to turn the tide of the HIV pandemic
I wonder which of the wishes is more likely to come true. How does your list look?