This progress report reviews recent gains, new developments and remaining challenges as countries approach the 2020 targets of the Start Free Stay Free AIDS Free framework. It summarizes country progress at the end of 2018, based on country-reported data and country-developed models using Spectrum software that were reported to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in 2019. Further descriptions of the methods are available at the UNAIDS website (www.unaids.org) or in the annex of the UNAIDS report Global AIDS Update 2019: Communities at the Centre (2). At the time of publication 22 of the 23 countries had data available for this publication. Data from India are included in the data when they are aggregated for the 23 priority countries but are not presented separately.
The results reflect numerous collaborations between a wide variety of international, government, civil society, faith-based and community actors. There is strong political commitment at the global and national levels to build on the progress made and to ensure accountability. The results reported here are a key measure of that accountability.