Third Latin American and Caribbean Forum on HIV/AIDS

6 Nov 2017

Port au Prince, Haiti, November 6 2017—The Third Latin American and Caribbean Forum on Sustainability of the HIV Response "Road to Ending AIDS in LAC: Towards Sustainable Regional Fast-Track Targets" will be held in Port au Prince, Haiti, from 6th to 8th November 2017, organized by the Government of Haiti, UNAIDS, PAHO/WHO, people living with HIV and partners. 

Through the Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: On the FastTrack to Accelerating the fight against HIV and to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2030, the world has pledged within the Sustainable Development Goals to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. Countries have committed to a “Fast-Track” approach from now until 2020, and reaffirm in light of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, concrete policies and actions to close the global HIV and AIDS resource gap and to fully fund the HIV and AIDS response with the target of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. 

In 2016, there were 2.1 million people living with HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean. The treatment coverage among people living with HIV in 2016 was 54% in the region overall, 58% in Latin America and 52% in the Caribbean, respectively. Rising HIV treatment coverage has played a primary role in reducing AIDS-related mortality: between 2010 and 2016, the number of AIDS-related deaths in the LAC region fell by 19%; 12% in Latin America and by 28% in the Caribbean. The annual number of new HIV infections among adults in Latin America and the Caribbean has remained stable since 2010: in both 2016 and 2010 there were an estimated 120,000 new infections. 

The key objective of this third Forum is to develop and implement the rapid expansion of an efficient, effective, integrated and sustainable HIV response aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, the "Universal access to health and universal health coverage" and the Latin America and the Caribbean regional Fast Track agenda.