Our president and CEO Steve Davis recently attended the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC. He wrote this commentary for the Huffington Post.
My introduction as president and CEO of PATH has happily coincided with a busy season of conferences in global health and development, including this week’s “mother of all such conferences”—the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC. In a busy Superbowl setting replete with Jumbo tron-like screens, scientific posters, trade-show booths, and a chorus of activists from all corners of the globe, some 25,000 people have come together to learn, share, question, network, and party.
I am deeply honored to represent PATH here as we showcase our expertise in addressing the global HIV/AIDS epidemic and join our colleagues from around the world to focus on the conference’s theme of “turning the tide together.” Among the conference’s many great speakers and presenters were Hillary Clinton, who spoke powerfully about how far we’ve come and the many achievements we should celebrate, and Bill Gates, who urged us not to be complacent given the scale of the epidemic and the work still in front of us. This tension—between applauding the world’s collective successes and recognizing the staggering political, cultural, and scientific challenges ahead—won’t be resolved here, but this week’s discussions provide a healthy platform for personal and collective reflection on the road we must travel to reach a world without AIDS.