Working together to fight HIV and AIDS

Fighting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the fatal acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) it causes is one of the priority areas of German development cooperation in the field of health.

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The most important goals of German activities in this area are to reduce the number of new HIV infections, to improve healthcare provision and therapy, and to enable those living with HIV and their families to live in dignity. The objective is to mitigate the social and economic consequences of HIV and AIDS.

Every year Germany contributes a substantial amount of its funding for bilateral and multilateral development cooperation to preventing new HIV infections, treating those who are HIV positive and combating their social exclusion. Cooperation with 10 partner countries in the field of health is a priority area, while specific healthcare projects in another 16 countries also receive backing.

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Background: HIV and AIDS

Over the past 35 years the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has spread across the whole of the world. The successes which international efforts have scored in recent years are encouraging and show that it is possible to contain the pandemic. more

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Facts and figures

According to current, reliable data, some 37.9 million people were living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in 2018, including 1.7 million children under the age of 15. more

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German activities

The commitment to fight the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is an overarching goal of German development policy. All development cooperation measures take account of the issue. more

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Further information

Follow this link for a selection of documents and websites with further information on HIV and AIDS. more

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