HIV/AIDS isn't beaten: Smarter ways to invest in ending HIV

26 November 2012
Alexandra Hyde

A new book edited by Bjorn Lomborg with a foreword by the Director of LSHTM, Peter Piot, uses a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis to help identify the best interventions to fight HIV across sub-Saharan Africa.

Writing for the Guardian Poverty Matters blog, Lomborg counters the mistaken perception that HIV/AIDS is beaten - a misconception that he argues is compounded by donor fatigue and tough economic conditions.

The book, Rethink HIV, underlines the need for increasingly limited HIV/AIDS funding to be deployed effectively. It features work by economists, demographers and epidemiologists on the efficacy of a range of HIV interventions.

Included in the book is a chapter by STRIVE Research Director Charlotte Watts and STRIVE researchers Michelle Remme and Anna Vassall. They argue that the response to HIV should match the reality of countries with severe, generalised epidemics. In such cases, the costs of HIV - and the benefits brought by the right kind of interventions - can affect multiple sectors alongside public health, such as education.