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Rethink HIV

The Rethink HIV project is a joint venture between the Rush Foundation and the Copenhagen Consensus Center. The Rush Foundation was founded in September 2010 to help breathe new thinking into HIV policy and on-the-ground interventions in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Rethinking the approach to fighting HIV/AIDS

Rush asked the Copenhagen Consensus Center to commission a group of leading health academics to analyze policy choices and to identify the most effective ways to tackle the pandemic across sub-Saharan Africa. RethinkHIV identifies effective interventions in the fight against HIV/AIDS. It applies cost-benefit analysis to highlight investments and actions that can make a significant difference.

Innovative, disruptive ideas

Thirty years after the identification of the disease that became known as AIDS, humanitarian organizations warn that the fight against HIV/AIDS has slowed amid a funding shortfall and donor fatigue. Yet HIV is still the biggest killer of women of reproductive age in the world, and of men aged 15-59 in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Copenhagen Consensus commissioned eighteen research papers by teams of top health economists, epidemiologists, and demographers who examine the cost-effectiveness of a range of responses to HIV/AIDS in sub- Saharan Africa. When it comes to tackling this pandemic, new, disruptive perspectives are most likely to be the game changers we need.

The Rethink HIV project aims to stimulate policy debate and generate new perspectives that will lead to tangible improvement in government and HIV donor priorities. We seek to steer away from well-tread paths and focus on funding initiatives that are either overlooked or poorly served by existing efforts. The time is ripe for a reassessment of current policy and expenditure.

Engaging Civil Society

To participate in a dialogue on the research and findings within sub-Saharan Africa, a Civil Society Conference and forums for youth were held at the ICASA conference in Addis Ababa in December 2012.

Nobel Laureate Expert Panel

The RethinkHIV project gathered a Nobel Laureate Expert Panel to provided their assessments, highlighting investments and actions that could be most effective avenues for additional funding.