Each year over 400,000 children become infected with HIV. The vast majority of these children become infected with the virus during birth or when breast feeding. Student Stop AIDS Campaigners across the UK are taking action today, on World AIDS Day, to campaign to ensure that no baby is born with HIV by 2015.
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria is one of the main funding sources for the HIV/AIDS response. The Fund has a strong record of results in tackling the three diseases and has saved nearly six million lives since its creation in 2002. Thanks to the Fund and its partners nearly a thousand HIV positive mothers have babies born free from HIV each day. It is a success story in aid which we should be proud of.
However, the recent replenishment of the Global Fund has left it dangerously under-funded, putting the aim of delivering universal access and ensuring all children are born free from HIV by 2015 out of reach.
Picture courtesy of the Stop AIDS Campaign designer: Jacob Schuhle-Lewis
Lotti Rutter, Campaigns Coordinator says: “By contributing its fair share of the $20bn needed – £840m over the next three years – the UK could save hundreds of thousands of lives and give us new hope of delivering a generation of babies born free from HIV by 2015.”
She added: “The Global Fund’s transparent, accountable and results-focused approach closely matches the new government’s emphasis on value for money and effectiveness. We ask the UK government to give their fair share to the Fund and ensure millions of lives are saved.”
Act now to make sure all children are born HIV-free by 2015!