Don’t Stop Now! Ensuring continued progress against MDG 6 in the post-2015 development framework

February 4, 2013

As the 2015 target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, the United Nations, governments, civil society and other global and national stakeholders are involved in a series of processes that will determine the new development agenda. STOP AIDS NOW! in collaboration with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, has developed a one-pager to help the HIV community to engage in the ongoing discussions and consultations. You can download the one-pager or read it online.

The existing MDG 6 with specific targets dedicated to HIV, TB and Malaria has had a huge impact, contributing significantly to political, financial and programmatic support for the global HIV and AIDS response. It has played a key role in driving the global scale up of programmes to tackle major pandemics and as a result millions of lives have been saved. The global HIV response has ensured that infections among children have decreased dramatically, the number of adults newly infected with HIV continues to decline and more than eight million people in low and middle income countries are on antiretroviral therapy.  At the same time it has contributed to strengthening health systems.

 According to Sabrina Erné, policy advisor at STOP AIDS NOW!: “Because of the concrete targets under MDG 6 we are now able to foresee the spread of HIV being halted and reversed. Despite these efforts, the targets under MDG 6 have not been met.”

One proposal for the new development framework is to have a single health goal such as universal health coverage (UHC).  UHC is an aspirational means to realise the right to health and achieve better health outcomes. Erné continued: “In order to deliver on HIV, universal health coverage needs to include universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support and a target around it should aim for zero new HIV infections and zero AIDS-related deaths. Without such aims, the momentum created by MDG 6 could be lost and the gains made thus far in the response to HIV squandered.”

Erné concluded: “In the one-pager we explain why it is important that the new development framework must avoid indicators which are weaker than the existing ones. The bar can’t be set any lower than the goals and commitments we have now and which are delivering results”.