Due to time constraints and the discretion of the Chair, unfortunately several Civil Society Observers were unable to deliver their intervention during the meeting. The NGO Delegation’s Communication & Consultations Facility hereby facilitate and assist the Civil Society in getting other platform of advocacy via this website.
by Caritas Internationalis
Oral Statement under item 3 – Update on the AIDS Response in the Post-2015 Development Agenda) submitted by Caritas Internationalis (International Confederation of Catholic Charities), Association Community Pope John XXIII, Caritas Australia, Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, Edmund Rice International, International Association of Charities, International Catholic Child Bureau, Medical Mission Institute Würzburg – Catholic Advisory Organization for International Health, and Trócaire.
Caritas Internationalis delivers this statement in collaboration with the following co-signing organizations: Association Community Pope John XXIII, Caritas Australia, Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, Edmund Rice International, International Association of Charities, International Catholic Child Bureau, Medical Mission Institute Würzburg – Catholic Advisory Organization for International Health, and Trócaire.
The co-signatories believe that the AIDS response in the Post-2015 Development Agenda needs to aim toward completion of the positive results already attained through such public health interventions as development of more effective testing and treatment and universal access for all in need. Complete change in focus and priorities should be avoided or we risk additional outbreaks of generalized epidemics of life-threatening infectious diseases such as HIV.
The international community also should promote an integral system of care that prioritizes community-based primary care, and includes prevention of vertical transmission as well as treatment, in particular for HIV-positive children, children living with HIV/TB co-infection, and their mothers. Such care also should be holistic in focus, attending to the needs of the whole person, including physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Of particular concern in this regard is the situation of HIV-positive children, and children living with HIV/TB co-infection. Despite evidence that treatment is very successful in such children, even in resource-limited settings, there remain significant obstacles to expansion of ART access for children living with HIV. In fact, the 2013 UNAIDS Global Report estimates that globally “HIV treatment coverage for children (34%) remained half of coverage for adults (65%)”. As a result, 30 HIV-positive children under 15 years of age die every hour.
For children living with both HIV and tuberculosis (TB), the situation is even worse: despite the fact that TB remains the main cause of death among children with AIDS, paediatric drug formulations are not available to treat HIV/TB co-infection in children.
The Post-2015 Agenda should take into account and aim toward positive policies and practical actions to eliminate the negative social, economic, and political determinants of poor health, including poverty, poor quality education, insufficient or improper nutrition, conflict and violence, in order to assure quality of life and living conditions that promote and assure health for all.
Furthermore, Caritas Internationalis and the other co-signatories point out the need for the Post2015 Development Agenda to acknowledge and support the key role of civil society and, in particular, of faith-based organizations, in addressing the health needs of isolated populations,
Caritas Internationalis is a Confederation of 164 national member organisations present in 200 States and territories of the world. They are engaged in humanitarian assistance, social and health services, integral human development, and advocacy, with particular attention to the most rural and marginalized populations.
Dr. Karusa Kiragu, The Global Plan for the Elimination of New HIV Infections among Children by 2015 and Keeping their Mothers Alive, presentation given in conjunction with the Catholic HIV/AIDS Network meeting, 13 October 2011 of those living in “Failed States”, of those affected by generalized violence and long-term emergencies, and aim to ensure adequate resources to non-State actors engaged in health care in places that are not reached by the public health system.