|The Status and Trends of the HIV/AIDS Epidemics in the World MAP Provisional Report (UNAIDS, 1998, 32 p.)|
This MAP Symposium was the fifth in a continuing series of regional and global MAP Status and Trends symposia organized to expand the understanding of the trajectory and determinants of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The symposium on the Status and Trends of the HIV/AIDS Epidemics in the World was held at the Meux Foundation, Veyrier du Lac, France, June 23-25, 1998. It preceded by a few days the 12th World AIDS Conference on AIDS held in Geneva, Switzerland, June 28-July 3, 1998.
The previous Status and Trends MAP symposia contributed to focusing the international attention of policymakers, programme managers and the media on the global and regional HIV/AIDS epidemics. The MAP Status and Trends Symposium in Veyrier du Lac brought together 59 MAP members and invited participants from around the World (see list of participants in Annex). The symposium aimed at the following objectives:
· To present and share current knowledge on the status and trends of the HIV/AIDS epidemics in the world;
· To review the various epidemiological and behavioural patterns among the HIV/AIDS epidemics and explore current critical issues;
· To determine specific data needs for monitoring and forecasting the HIV/AIDS epidemics in the world and identifying response gaps; and
· To produce and disseminate a report to participants attending the 12th World AIDS Conference and to those who, although concerned with HIV/AIDS, were unable to attend it.
MAP structured its symposium agenda so as to add its analysis of specific features of the pandemic to the excellent June 1998 report on the Global HIV/AIDS epidemic released by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO). As UNAIDS and WHO prepared their report in collaboration with national experts including many MAP members and in consultation with the MAP secretariat, it was possible to ensure that the reports produced by UNAIDS/WHO and by MAP complemented each other optimally.
The June 1998 MAP symposium built on a series of regional MAP meetings which examined the HIV/AIDS situation Asia and the Pacific (Manila, Philippines, October 1997), and Latin America and the Caribbean (Rio de Janeiro, November 1997), Sub-Saharan Africa (Abidjan, CdIvoire, December 1997). Reports on these symposium have been widely distributed at regional conferences on AIDS and through the worldwide web (see web sites below). A regional meeting on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe (Veyrier-du-Lac, France, June 1998) resulted in a report which will be released shortly. The descriptive and analytical contents of these regional MAP reports fed into the present reports in the form of brief summaries only.
Co-authored by the MAP Symposium participants, the present report reflects as best it can the analysis, determinations and recommendations brought forward during the symposium. Its aim is to provide information that can be used by international, national and local bodies to review the most important aspects of the evolution of the HIV/AIDS epidemics in the world, recognize the current status of and trends within these epidemics, and take action to advance the regional and global responses to these epidemics. It is hoped that the MAP report will bring into focus the multifaceted aspects of the most critical gaps in the information needed to monitor effectively the HIV/AIDS epidemics and the responses brought against them around the world.