Brighton & Hove Gets Fast Track City Status
The Fast-Track Cities initiative is a global partnership between a network of over 90 high HIV burden cities, where political leaders, affected communities, city health officials, clinical and service providers, and other stakeholders work together to accelerate their local HIV responses. It is led by four core partners – the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), and the City of Paris. The initiative’s aim is to build upon, strengthen, and leverage existing HIV programs and resources and galvanise action to support locally coordinated, city-wide responses to end HIV as a public health threat by 2030 and achieving the 90-90-90 targets by 2020.
In 2016 Brighton & Hove became the first UK city to have “Fast Track City” status approved.
This means working across the city to achieve:
- 90% of people living with HIV (PLHIV) knowing their HIV status
- 90% of PLHIV who know their HIV-positive status on antiretroviral therapy (ART)
- 90% of PLHIV on ART achieving viral suppression
- Zero discrimination and stigma
On 3rd August 2017 The Mayor of the City of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Mo Marsh signed the Paris Declaration on HIV Fast Track Cities in the Mayor’s Parlour, Brighton Town Hall. The ceremony was also attended by Baroness Gould of Potternewton, Cllr Warren Morgan (leader of BHCC), Geoff Raw (Chief Executive of BHCC), Cllr Daniel Yates, Professor Jane Anderson, Sue Riley, (THT Positive Voices), the Martin Fisher Foundation Trustees, Stephen Nicholson (Sexual Health Commissioner), James Ledward (GScene) and many other city-wide stakeholders.
Daniel Yates, Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board in the city and a city councillor for Moulsecoomb and Bevendean:
“I am really impressed with the work that the Martin Fisher Foundation has undertaken with all partners so far in developing the Towards Zero HIV strategy. It is right that today on World Aids Day the strategy is launched for broader public consultation. Together as a city we can achieve Zero stigma, Zero HIV related deaths and Zero HIV transmission – but everyone has to play their part in developing the strategy and delivering the ambition.
The Martin Fisher Foundation was launched in 2015 to provide a structure for the huge amount of good will and determination felt by many people across the community in Brighton & Hove and beyond, to progress the inspirational work and innovative research in HIV which Martin had developed. His vision was for Brighton & Hove to become a Fast Track City and we’re delighted we have achieved this. The ultimate aim is to have a city without HIV/AIDS in the future”.
Click here to access the global Fast-Track Cities web portal showing city-specific dashboards tracking progress against the initiative’s targets, mapping HIV services, and sharing best practices across the Fast-Track Cities network.
Click here to access an FAQ document outlining the commitments made by Fast-Track Cities and the benefits of joining the Fast-Track Cities