World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé hosted a meeting January 9-10, 2014, at the World Bank Headquarters in DC entitled “Social Drivers to End AIDS and Extreme Poverty.” The two-day meeting co-sponsored by NAHC, Housing Works, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the International AIDS Society, the World Bank, and UNAIDS, signaled a major breakthrough in strategy and firmly places action on social and structural drivers at the heart of the battle to fight the global AIDS epidemic, extreme poverty, and income inequality.
The meeting brought together 70 participants from across the globe to examine these critical goals in relation to concrete social and structural interventions to address the inequalities and marginalization that drive both poverty and disease. Among the key products will be a joint communiqué and a report with key recommendations from the World Bank and UNAIDS. It is the hope of the co-sponsoring organizations that this new approach can have immediate impact on the development of national AIDS plans in those countries hardest hit by the epidemic and that in the longer term, this will position AIDS to be integrated into post-2015 health and development goals, as a part of economic development and poverty elimination as well as efforts to reduce inequality.
Please see the joint press release from the World Bank and UNAIDS about this exciting effort here: