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Georgetown University Global Fund Forum

In September 2011, at an event at Georgetown University's Riggs Library co-hosted by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a group of senior figures involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS was convened. This group was introduced briefly to the RethinkHIV research and the Georgetown University Expert Panel findings, and identified their own priority investments in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Attendees, representing three governments, many key NGOs and international organizations leading the fight against HIV/AIDS, were invited to individually form their own prioritized list of investments they believe should first receive additional funding.

Because the event was condensed, only a small number of the overall investments were presented by RethinkHIV authors, and prioritized by attendees. 

The list below represents the overall prioritization of the individuals present.

The Ranking by the Global Fund Forum

  1. Scale-up male circumcision for young adults in high HIV prevalence countries
  2. Scale-up antiretroviral treatment starting with the sickest and most infectious patients first
  3. Prevent mother-to-child transmission by scaling up Option A treatment of pregnant women and breast feeding infants to 90 per cent coverage in all countries
  4. Accelerate AIDS vaccine development by scaling up funding for innovative vaccine research by 10 per cent or $100 million per year
  5. Create incentive for less risky sexual behavior by offering conditional cash transfers to all girls from impoverished families to keep them in secondary school 
  6. Make blood transfusions safe by achieving 100 per cent coverage of quality-assured HIV testing of donated blood
  7. Introduce 25 per cent increase on alcohol taxes in countries with moderate-to-high levels of drinking and high adult mortality
  8. Create an Abuja Goals Fund offering a 'cash-on-delivery ' incentive to nations that meet Abuja Declaration target of spending 15 per cent of public revenues on public health