World AIDS Day, 25 Years Later: What Have We Learned?


This is an infographic produced by the ONE Campaign, an international campaigns and advocacy organization dedicate to ending extreme poverty and preventable disease in Africa, that tells the story of the progress made against HIV/AIDS over the past 25 years (this post was published in 2013) and what’s needed to rid the disease from the planet.


The data shown next to the image of Africa illustrates the progress select African countries have made against AIDS by measuring the ratio of people newly infected over the people newly added to treatment (assumed an annual measure) and introduces the “tipping point” as the moment when the total number of people infected is equal or less to the number of people newly added to treatment. They then categorize the select African countries into four buckets: (1) Reached the Tipping Point; (2) Close to the Tipping Point; (3) Acceleration Needed; and (4) Progress Reversed. From the data presented, it’s clear that while many countries have made great progress or are on there way to reaching the tipping point (21 countries), there are still 16 countries where acceleration is needed or progress has been reversed. To illustrate this difference, the infographic compares the state of HIV/AIDS in two countries: Cameroon and Ghana.

The audience for this report U.S. policy makers and international development officials.

The goal of infographic is to drive home the message that while progress has been made, significant challenges lie ahead. And the use of data around HIV/AIDS deaths is a powerful reminder of the difference that smart, effective and accessible interventions can have.