HIV and AIDS is one of the World’s most serious health and development challenges with approximately 36.7 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2015. Out of this, 1.8 million were less than 15 years old. Over 2.1 million individuals were newly infected worldwide in 2015.
The majority of people living with HIV are in the low- and middle income countries. Sub Saharan Africa is the most affected region with about 25.6 million people living with HIV in 2015. They also account for two thirds of the global total of new HIV infection.
The HIV epidemic does not only affect the health of individuals, it also affects their households, communities, development and economic growth of the nation. There is still no cure for HIV. However, the good news is that with effective treatment with antiretroviral drugs, the virus can be suppressed to a minimal level so that people living with HIV can enjoy healthy lives and reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to others. With the current scale up of antiretroviral therapy and other preventive interventions, a HIV free generation is achievable. Nevertheless, ignorance, misunderstanding, stigma and discrimination continue to undermine global efforts to end AIDS.
Thus, for close to 40 years, HIV has remained a major public health challenge affecting all age groups and all socioeconomic classes. But it is 100% PREVENTABLE!
GATEH is a global alliance of public health leaders, and individuals infected and affected by HIV working to END the global scourge of HIV and AIDS
A world free of AIDS ...an END to AIDS related deaths, stigma and discrimination and new infections.
To galvanize a global movement to end the HIV/AIDS scourge, free the infected and eliminate death from HIV/AIDS
- Mobilize public health leaders, and persons infected/affected by HIV/AIDS towards a world free of HIV infection;
- Mobilize community involvement in the fight against HIV and AIDS;
- Mobilize greater involvement of patients towards eliminating stigma and discrimination from HIV and AIDS;
- Mobilize increased funding from government and agencies towards HIV/AIDS services, provision, research and development; and
- Mobilize epidemiologists and scientists towards more researches for discovery and development of new diagnostic kits, less toxic drugs and vaccines for children, adolescents and young adults.
- Advocacy to leaders and funders for increased HIV/AIDS funding and sustainable service provision
- Documentation and sharing of HIV/AIDS information using various media (including electronic, social and print media)
- Curriculum modification at all levels – primary, secondary and tertiary education to include HIV/AIDS education
- Researching and reporting on new discoveries in HIV/AIDS and related infections
- Community mobilization to end HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination, and
- Support for improved detection, linkage to care, and management of infected.