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ENG: AIDS 2010 Delegates and Speakers Unite in Support of Full Funding

19.07.2010 | Andre nyheder, Medicinske nyheder

For the Global Fund, the Next Milestone in Drive for Universal Access former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Philanthropist Bill Gates Address Conference.

19 July 2010 [Vienna, Austria] Scientists, practitioners and advocates from around the world today made a united call for global leaders to commit at least $US20 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at its upcoming replenishment meeting in October. Because the level of replenishment committed at the meeting will determine the Global Fund’s grant levels for 2011-2013, the meeting is widely viewed as the critical next step towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. <//span>

“The replenishment is the moment at which we will know whether or not world leaders intend to fulfil the promise they made to universal access,” said Dr. Brigitte Schmied, AIDS 2010 Local Co-Chair and President of the Austrian AIDS Society. “The rich scientific findings and on-the-ground experiences presented at AIDS 2010 should be all the evidence that leaders of all nations need to fully commit to doing their part.”

The Global Fund has a strong record of success that includes supporting 2.5 million people on treatment, treatment for almost 800,000 HIV-positive women to prevent vertical transmission and an estimated 4.9 million lives saved. Support for the Global Fund is vital, but alone is not sufficient to reaching universal access. Increased financial support must extend beyond donor government pledges to the Global Fund to include innovative financing mechanisms, increased support from the private sector and full implementation of the Abuja Declaration in which African nations committed to spend at least 15% of their national budgets on health.

“We are at a pivotal moment in the global response to AIDS and there is both a moral and a public health imperative that we continue in the right direction, especially as HIV treatment guidelines are expanded to reach people earlier in the course of their disease and our understanding that providing antiretroviral treatment also prevents new transmissions continues to grow,” said Dr. Julio Montaner, AIDS 2010 Chair, President of the International AIDS Society (IAS) and Director of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS in Vancouver, Canada. “Increased financial commitments must be matched with a drive for the most efficient use of available resources.”  

Efficiency was an important theme in a Sunday town hall meeting on a new paradigm for HIV treatment and prevention sponsored by UNAIDS and the IAS. The meeting featured UNAIDS’ launch of Treatment 2.0, a strategy that has as its goals the development of better combination treatment regimens, cheaper and simplified diagnostic tools, and a low-cost, community-led approach to delivery.

Source AIDS 2010 Media Team, www.aids2010.org