Delyn MP David Hanson is backing World AIDS DAY on Tuesday 1st December as an opportunity to raise awareness of the plight of the more than 33 million people around the world living with HIV.
Every day, over 6,800 people become infected with HIV and over 5,700 people die from AIDS. More than 67% of all people living with HIV live in Sub Saharan Africa. More than a third of all people living with HIV and almost one third of all new infections are in Southern Africa. Around 15 million children have been orphaned due to AIDS.
David Hanson said:
“Access to AIDS services across the developing world remains unacceptably low.
“Most prevention strategies are available to fewer than 1 in 5 people who need them. But we can make a difference. The Government’s continued commitment to overseas aid and support for health services in poor countries is vital to tackling this devastating epidemic.
“The UK has become the 2nd largest funder tackling HIV/AIDS. We are committed to investing £6 billion to achieving the goal of universal access to comprehensive prevention programmes, treatment, care and support.”
Notes to Editors:
The Government is 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 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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