AIDS at 25

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Today marks the 25th anniversary of the first reported cases of HIV/AIDS. How much progress are we making? Two good approaches to answering this question, from the Center for Global Development and the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GBC):

  1. The Center for Global Development’s HIV/AIDS Monitor tracks the aid effectiveness of the three biggest financing mechanisms responding to the epidemic: the Global Fund, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the World Bank Africa MAP.
  2. GBC and Booz Allen address the private sector’s progress to date in the fight against the disease in their publication The State of Business and HIV/AIDS (2006): A Baseline Report. They find that the food/beverage, mining and minerals, and energy industries have the most extensive programs in place. Congratulations to the winners at the recent GBC annual awards for outstanding business action on HIV/AIDS: Unilever, L’Oreal, National Basketball Association, Xstrata, Merck and American Express.

For more, see the the Time Global Health Blog on the anniversary and Pablo's post on World Aids Day 2005.

Update: More coverage via AP, WashPost, NYTimes, FT, SanFran Chronicle, Voice of America and Jeffrey Sachs.

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