Trend 2: Continued battle for the eradication of infectious diseases
THE CONTINUED BATTLE FOR THE ELIMINATION OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Trend at a glance: Infectious diseases
Many of the most threatening infectious diseases of today will be consigned largely to the past – but the need to discover cures/vaccines will remain urgent.
Infectious disease will continue to be a global burden.
Faith in science and medical progress may encourage complacency and greater risk taking.
Greater movement of populations and increasingly diverse societies will present new challenges for controlling infectious diseases.
What it means for HIV
In the next 20 years, the HIV: The Long View Coalition envisions…
New infections in at-risk populations will increase unless stigma and education strategies are changed.
New prevention and treatment strategies for HIV, and other common infections in people living with HIV, will change the impact of the virus on individuals and potentially healthcare services and systems, but only if people living with HIV contribute to the development of solutions.
HIV resources and funding will likely decrease as the threat of HIV is perceived to be under control in Europe.
The most recent examples of the infectious outbreaks, for example Ebola, Zika, H1N1 and the slow global response from policy-makers merit the need for effective and coordinated strategies for future epidemics.
– Dr José Ignacio Bernardino, La Paz University Hospital, Spain
The public continue to have confidence in science’s ability to deliver improvements in this area. Can we be confident that there will be a time when the threat of infectious diseases has disappeared?
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