Advocating for change

We work to ensure that those in power and those bound by duty keep their eyes on the ball, and that funding and political will is channeled into fighting injustice and discrimination with one ultimate goal; ending the AIDS epidemic

Advocating for justice, access to health and medicine, as well as equal rights and opportunities are part and parcel of what AIDS-Fondet is and has been since we were founded in 1985.

After almost 40 years in existence we have become part of a worldwide movement to end AIDS everywhere – and our work to advocate for a just, equal and AIDS-free world has global reach.

AIDS-Fondet engages in political processes in Denmark and internationally to advocate for sustained and increased attention to HIV – and for a fully funded reponse to the global AIDS epidemic.

The path to large-scale and lasting change goes through the halls of power.

We talk to decision-makers to push for an ambitious and human rights-based approach in the fight to end the global HIV epidemic – and we work closely with strategic partners to promote solutions or strategies that we believe can play an important role in ending the AIDS epidemic once and for all.

Global Partnerships to end AIDS

On the international scene AIDS-Fondet works in strategic partnerships with a handful of networks and organizations that each play an important role in adding a piece to the puzzle that, when put together, will eventually make up a world where AIDS has been relegated to the history books. An important milestone for this will be achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 3.3 on ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030

The most recent partnership is with the Fast-Track Cities Network that the City of Copenhagen joined in mid-2021 with AIDS-Fondet in a strategic partnership.

The Fast-Track Cities network was founded in 2014 by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), UNAIDS, UN Habitat and the City of Paris. The network comprised more than 350 cities worldwide in 2021 – and continues to grow.

The network is ultimately about collectively addressing HIV where it is most prevalent – in the cities of the world.

Supporting prevention and funding on a global scale
AIDS-Fondet advocates for continued and increased support for three large scale international initiatives in particular that have enjoyed support from several Danish governments for decades.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a global partnership designed to accelerate the end of the AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria epidemics.

It mobilizes around four billion US dollars annually from public and private partners to support programs run by local experts in more than 100 countries. Around 3/4 of the funds are deployed in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Global Fund partnership has saved 59 million lives since its launch in 2002.

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is a non-profit partnership that supports research and development of new HIV prevention tools and innovations and equitable access to these.

Particularly, IAVI works towards one game changer – a vaccine against HIV

The Population Council conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research on critical health and development issues. This includes devloping new HIV prevention methods for women and adolescent girls.

Most promising is the Dapivirine Vaginal Ring – a silicone ring inserted vaginally that slowly releases the antiretroviral drug dapivirine. The ring currently offers protection against HIV for 30 days after insertion, but a new three-month dapivirine ring is under development.

The ring is approved for use in 10 countries in East and Southern Africa and is on WHO’s list of recommended prevention methods for women at risk of acquiring HIV – last push is to get it on to the market and into the hands of women.