Barbara showed her support for World AIDS Day on 1 December to help raise awareness of the plight of those living with HIV.
“Every day, over 6,000 people are infected with HIV and over 5,000 people die from AIDS. Around 14 million children across the world have been orphaned due to AIDS.
“The situation in the developing world is shocking - around 1.9 million people were newly infected with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa last year alone.
“It’s important that the UK keeps its commitment to overseas aid and its support for health services in poor countries. I am proud that we are now the second largest funder tackling HIV/AIDS. We are investing £6 billion to enable universal access to prevention programmes, treatment, care and support. This commitment is vital to tackling this epidemic.”
The Government are investing:
- £6bn up to 2015 targeted at strengthening sustainable health systems.
- £1bn for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tubercolosis and Malaria to 2015.
- A 50% increase in funding for research and development of AIDS vaccines and microbicides.
- £90 million to UNITAID to increase access to paediatric care.
- Targeting women for access to anti-retrovirals to reduce mother-to-child transmission.
We are making progress in the fight against HIV/AIDs:
- more than 4 million people can now access anti-retrovirals, compared to just 100,000 people who received treatment back in 2001.
- the rate of new HIV infections has been reduced, with the most progress seen in sub-Saharan Africa
- The percentage of the world’s population living with HIV has levelled off.
- Since 2004, 20 times more people have access to life-saving treatment. Since 2003 the price of first line AIDS drugs has halved.
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