AIDS advocates blast wealthy nations on funding

New York- US (PANA) -- Health advocates at the just-concluded XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico have said the industrialised countries are falling short of their goal of universal HIV treatment by 2010.
The advocates made this known in statements made available to newsmen at the UN headquarters in New York at the weekend.
``The Group of Eight (G-8) wealthy countries promised in 2005 that they would band together to provide funding for HIV treatment for anyone in the world who needed it,'' they recalled.
But, they said that ``with only two years to go on their self-imposed deadline,, only a third of the funding has materialised''.
The PANA Correspondent in New York reports that the statements were issued by the charity organisation Oxfam and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
``What we have is the sense of real slippage, that, well, you know, it may not be 2010 and it probably will be 2015, as if that does not matter," Robert Fox, the leader of Oxfam International's delegation in Mexico City, was quoted as saying.
PANA learnt that some 24,000 people attended the conference, which was dominated by the voices of those who bore the brunt of the HIV pandemic.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who addressed the conference, said that the stigmatisation of people living with HIV ``remains a grave challenge in most countries''.
He called on all countries to live up to their commitments to enact or enforce legislations outlawing discrimination against people living with HIV and members of the vulnerable groups.
Ban said that those vulnerable groups included women, men who have sex with men, sex workers, drug users, and ethnic minorities.
The UN chief also urged people around the world to be always supportive and avoid any form of discrimination against them.
The conference ended on Friday.

09 august 2008 18:43:00




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