April 17, 2008 – The year 2031 will mark the passage of 50 years from the first report of AIDS, and an international consortium of partners called aids2031 has been formed to look at what can be done now to change the face of the pandemic by that time.
The number of people living with HIV continues to rise despite all the interventions of the past 25 years. For every one person who gets treatment, there are three to four new infections. Some countries considered to be early “success” stories are starting to see new increases in HIV.
There are nine working groups in aids2031, which will examine a series of questions. The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) convened the first meeting of the working group focusing on Hyper-Endemic Areas in Maseru, Lesotho, on April 11, 2008. NMF CEO Achmat Dangor and Joachim Chissano Foundation CEO Dr Leonardo Simao co-chaired the gathering of 12 regional experts – a mix of scientists, academicians, researchers, policy makers, gender activists, economist activists and NGO experts on AIDS.