Book Launch

PerspectivesRethinkHIV: the Book

RethinkHIV was released by Cambridge University Press in September 2012. The book provides the first-ever comprehensive comparative cost-benefit analysis of responses to HIV/AIDS. 

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RethinkHIV at Cambridge University Press

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RethinkHIV Research Papers

ObserverBreathing New Thinking into HIV Policy

All of the RethinkHIV research papers are available online for reading and download. This includes the draft versions of the 18 research papers that form part of the book RethinkHIV, written by teams of top health economists, epidemiologists and demographers.

You can also read other economic research papers commissioned by the Rush Foundation for RethinkHIV

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The Latest from RethinkHIV

Loud Hailer A New Economic Framework

1 December, 2012: World Response to AIDS needs more vigor: article in the Financial Times announcing new Rush Foundation-funded research


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What is RethinkHIV?

Expert PanelAbout the Project and the Rush Foundation

The Rush Foundation was founded to cut through the clutter of consensus solutions to provide fast, effective funding for innovative, disruptive ideas to address the pandemic and its social effects.


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Nobel Laureates Identify Best Ways to Step Up AIDS Effort

Nobel Laureates Identify Best Ways to Step Up AIDS Effort in Africa

Press Release, September 26 2011

New, actionable priorities on HIV/AIDS in Africa will be issued by an Expert Panel of worldclass economists, including three Nobel Laureates, on September 28 in Washington, DC.

RethinkHIV (, a research and dialogue initiative launched by the Rush Foundation and the Copenhagen Consensus Center, has asked a Nobel Laureate Expert Panel to study an entire volume of new research that uses cost-benefit analysis to identify interventions with the highest payoffs in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa. The research has been written by internationally recognized health economists, demographers, and epidemiologists.
A closed-door summit is now underway at Georgetown University between the Nobel Laureate Expert Panel and the HIV/AIDS researchers. The Nobel Laureate Expert Panel will issue a new set of priorities identifying how to step up the fight against AIDS in a time of falling resources and attention.

The Nobel Laureate Expert Panel, Copenhagen Consensus Center Director Bjørn Lomborg, and Rush Foundation President Marina Galanti will present the findings to a high-level meeting, drawing senior representatives from leading organizations engaged in the fight against HIV/AIDS, co-hosted by the Global Fund in Washington, DC on September 28.

Dr. Lomborg and Ms. Galanti will be available in Washington, DC for interviews on September 28, and in New York for interviews on September 29-30. For further project information, or to arrangean interview with Dr. Lomborg and Ms. Galanti, contact Kristine Heine in Washington, DC at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-371-9600, or David Young in Copenhagen, Denmark at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +45 2782 0644.

The Copenhagen Consensus Center ( is a Danish state-funded thinktank internationally recognized for creating an economic framework and using Nobel Laureate expert panels to prioritize spending in response to the world’s biggest challenges.
The Center’s director, Bjorn Lomborg, is an Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen Business School, author of ‘The Skeptical Environmentalist’ and ‘Cool It’, and editor of ‘Smart Solutions to Climate Change’, ‘Global Crises, Global Solutions’ and ‘How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place’. Dr. Lomborg was named one of the world’s 75 most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire, one of the “50 people who could save the planet” by UK Guardian, one of the top 100 public intellectuals by Foreign Policy & Prospect and one of the 100 globally most influential people by Time.

Launched in 2010, the Rush Foundation ( is dedicated to providing fast, effective funding for innovative thinking in the fight against HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa The foundation aims to fund sustainable projects in sub-Saharan Africa focused on alleviating the pandemic through innovation in HIV provision, as well as shake up the status-quo in HIV thinking by spearheading thought leadership projects and debates that will help reframe HIV policy. Among other initiatives, the Rush Foundation has launched a grant programme with ActionAid in sub-Saharan Africa aimed at generating innovative, sustainable HIV initiatives to service local communities. The privately-funded foundation is the sponsor of RethinkHIV.