The AIDS epidemic has affected different people at different times in different geographies. There are similarities between them all, but today, at the beginning of the 2020s, the face of the AIDS epidemic is largely one of poverty and inequality in the Global South – and Sub-Saharan Africa in particular.
This is where the final battle against HIV/AIDS will play out.
In 2019 some 38 million people were living with HIV globally. In spite of the fact that only about 17% of the world’s population live in Sub-Saharan Africa, more than half – 20.1 million – of those living with HIV live here
The Danish AIDS Foundation works with international institutions to fight HIV globally and structurally – and it works locally with partners in Africa and Eastern Europe to fight stigma and discrimination and ensure equal access to information, health services, medicine, and a dignified life.
From the top down and from the bottom up, The Danish AIDS Foundation works to curb AIDS and new HIV infections by 2030.
The Danish AIDS Foundation focuses its activities in countries in East and Southern Africa that still have some of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world. In 2021 the Danish AIDS Foundation was working in Malawi and Uganda – and has worked with partners in Ethiopia and Zambia.
Whereas the numbers are not as high as in Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe is experiencing a worrying trend – it is the only region in the world where the HIV epidemic is growing. Between 2010 and 2018 the number of new HIV infections grew by 27%.
The Danish AIDS Foundation considers Eastern Europe an important intervention area if the aim of eradicating new HIV infections by 2030 is to be achieved.