Push HIV Prevention in Africa, IOM Urges
Without that change in direction more than 30 million people in Africa will have HIV/AIDS by 2020, according to Thomas Quinn, MD, of Johns Hopkins University and a co-chair of the committee that wrote the report.
Of those, 12 million will need treatment under current guidelines but only seven million will be able to get antiretroviral therapy, Quinn told reporters in a news conference.
Stemming that tide, Quinn said, will require better measurements of HIV incidence — developed by affected nations — in order to track the effectiveness of prevention efforts. The report also urges:
- Sharing responsibility for fighting HIV/AIDS between developed and developing nations
- Increasing the ability of affected countries to manage the pandemic
- Bolstering local structures and introducing ethical training so those involved can handle the challenges involved in allocating increasingly scarce treatment
The report urges individual countries to develop 10-year road maps that will guide their efforts.