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Panel discussion 4: Providing a robust and long term response to AIDS

09 June 2008

The fourth panel discussion of the 2008 High-level meeting on AIDS is set to examine the multigenerational challenge of the AIDS response.

Many factors from poverty to tuberculosis are proving to be obstacles to a long term response to AIDS in some instances turning back advances already gained. The efforts that will be required over future generations depend on actions taken now.

The response to AIDS requires long-term investment in strengthening health systems. More research and investments are also required, while scaling up of proven and effective HIV prevention tools and strategies is urgent. Social protection for the most vulnerable populations must remain a priority.

This panel will be broadcast live via internet webcast at 15:30 GMT  

The panel will consider specific actions on how progress towards reversing the HIV epidemic is central to meeting the Millennium Development Goals; how to help mitigate the impact of HIV on families and communities; how HIV responses that integrate tuberculosis prevention and treatment programmes can help address the challenges of these co-infections; the need for health system strengthening to improve the range of chronic health systems problems; and how scientific research remains vital for securing the future.


  1. How can national development plans better integrate and reinforce the response to HIV?
  2. How can social protection programmes be innovative and contribute towards Universal Access?
  3. How can collaboration between national TB and HIV programmes be facilitated?
  4. How can HIV investments best contribute to overall health outcomes?
  5. How can we support scientific innovation and prepare for rapid implementation of new technologies?

This discussion “AIDS: A Multigenerational Challenge – Providing a Robust and Long-Term Response” will be chaired by H.E. Dr. Tabita Botros Shokai, Minister of Health (Republic of the Sudan) and the panelists are H. E. Ms. Maret Maripuu, Minister of Social Affairs (Estonia); Mr. Gregg Gonsalves (US), Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GNP+); Ms. Ann Veneman, Executive Director, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The Chair’s summary of this discussion will be published after the event, please check back to access it.