New partnership to accelerate HIV treatment scale up

07 February 2014

UNAIDS and the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS formalized their partnership to support efforts to bring HIV treatment to all eligible people.

At the UNAIDS Headquarters in Geneva, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé and the head of the BC Centre Dr Julio Montaner, signed on 5 February a Memorandum of Understanding.

In 2013, UNAIDS launched the Treatment 2015 framework, which calls for intensified action and innovation to expedite treatment scale-up. To further the partnership the BC Centre has made a grant of CAD 270 000 to UNAIDS to support scientific modelling and advocacy activities to highlight the need for immediate investments in life-saving HIV treatment programmes.


"My home province of British Columbia in Canada has laid the groundwork to end its epidemic through rapid scale-up of HIV testing and treatment. We are now seeing similar results in other settings. We need to take these same approaches and apply them worldwide to end the global epidemic."

Julio Montaner, Head of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

"Julio Montaner and his colleagues at the BC Centre for Excellence are globally recognized for their work on HIV treatment and we are happy to continue this long partnership."

Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director