March 9, 2010
A High Level Meeting on AIDS was hosted by DFID on Tuesday 9th March with attendees from East and Southern Africa and beyond, including Ministers, academics, activists, pharmaceutical industry and the donor community. Participants renewed a shared, and urgent, commitment to meet the goal of Universal Access to comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment, care and support – championed by the UK in 2005; they also agreed that AIDS must remain high on the international agenda, as we head towards the MDG summit and G8 and G20 meetings of 2010 – the year the goal set by the G8 falls due.
The meeting highlighted the need to accelerate action to achieve Universal Access, to meet the needs of the 10 million people waiting for HIV treatment, and “turn off the tap” of new HIV infections through evidence and rights-based interventions as well as expanding access to treatment. Transforming harmful gender norms and stopping violence against women is central to achieving Universal Access.
The group recognised the need for health systems that effectively deliver both MNCH services and services for women, men and children who are vulnerable to and living with HIV: we need to integrate efforts to achieve MDGs 4, 5 and 6. To achieve this we need financing for scale-up, through the Global Fund and other mechanisms. But equally we need leadership – political and at all levels of society.
Continue reading the “Record of High Level Meeting on Universal Access in East and Southern Africa” or click below to read other documents related to the meeting.