This week, we’ve asked Dr. Carl Dieffenbach from NIH/NIAID to share daily science highlights from the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia. His highlight today was a presentation by Ambassador Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, about how better and smarter investments can bring us closer to ending AIDS as a public health threat. Ambassador Dybul, a former U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and, before that, NIAID colleague of Dr. Dieffenbach’s, was one of the speakers featured during Tuesday’s conference plenary session, “What’s Holding Us Back and How Do We Move Faster? ”
In his address, Ambassador Dybul observed that we are now at a tipping point in terms of the potential to end the epidemic. In order to realize the necessary reductions in new infections that can end the epidemic, he stressed the importance of harnessing the advances in science and innovations in the delivery of services and focusing these tools in effective combinations in the localities where and populations among whom the greatest proportion of new HIV infections are occurring.
Check back tomorrow for Dr. Dieffenbach’s next daily science highlight from AIDS 2014.
About AIDS 2014
Gathered under the theme of “Stepping Up the Pace,” some 12,000 participants from 200 countries around the world have gathered in Melbourne for the 20th International AIDS Conference, known as AIDS 2014. This biennial gathering for those working in the field of HIV, including scientists, medical practitioners, activists, policymakers, people living with HIV and others committed to ending the epidemic. Read more about following the conference online.
For more coverage from the conference visit: AIDS 2014.