UNAIDS’ past and current strategies mobilized leadership, built initiatives, and scaled up innovations to respond to HIV among children and adolescents. However, instead of using 2020 to charge towards achievement of the fast track targets for children and youth, our pace has slowed and our resolve has weakened. We need UNAIDS’ political advocacy to prioritize children and pregnant women; increase the sense of urgency; and mobilize global, country, and local leadership to achieve an AIDS-free generation.
UNAIDS is in the process of developing the next Global AIDS Strategy beyond 2021. This Strategy will set a vision for the HIV response for the coming years. We must ensure maternal and pediatric HIV remain high on the global agenda, and that new leadership emerges to achieve an AIDS-free generation by 2025. EGPAF, together with PATA and Aidsfonds, co-hosted a global virtual focus group discussion to inform the UNAIDS Strategy beyond 2021 on issues related to maternal and pediatric HIV. This issue brief summarizes the key messages that came out of the focus group discussion.