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Global efforts to respond to the HIV epidemic were already falling short, with many countries not on track to meet the goal of ending Aids by 2030. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic threatens to further derail this, with funding and resources being diverted away from HIV. Find out more about how there needs to be a more concerted effort to direct funding to programmes for key populations.

Resource details:

Publication title: Fast track or off track? How insufficient funding for key populations jeopardises ending Aids by 2030
Author(s): Bridging the Gaps, Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV response (PITCH), and Aidsfonds
Publication date: 20 October 2020

What the report is about:

Key populations are marginalised communities — such as men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers and people who inject drugs — which continue to be worst affected by the HIV epidemic. Funding that targets these groups is especially important to reduce the number of new HIV infections and effectively respond to this pandemic. With concerns that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will result in resources being diverted away from other public health concerns, this report provides the first global data on how much money is invested into an HIV response aimed at these key populations.

Key take-aways from the report’s findings: 

How much was spent on key populations from 2016-2018:

Recommendations to get on track for ending the Aids epidemic by 2030:

Who’s funding key population HIV programmes in lower- and middle-income countries?

How does funding for key populations compare to HIV infections across different regions?

What the funding for key populations programmes looks like:

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Aisha Abdool Karim was a senior health reporter at Bhekisisa from 2020 to 2022.