Keep the Promise

Send the government an urgent plea, which could prevent more babies being born with HIV.

FACT: There is no cure for HIV, but with antiretroviral (ARV) medication, a person living with HIV can live a normal productive life.

FACT: In 2005, the G8 heads of state, meeting at Gleneagles, committed to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care by 2010. Universal Access by 2010 is also one of the targets of the Millennium Development Goals, set in 2000 to be achieved by 2015.

FACT: More than 4 million people worldwide are currently receive the necessary medication. This is 10 times more than received it in 2005 - BUT it represents only 2/5th of all who need it.

FACT: The costs of the provision of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support is met largely by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. The world's leaders met in October 2010 to pledge contributions to the Fund over the next three years. It was estimated that $20billion would be needed to 'keep the promise' about universal access; $12 billion would maintain the status quo (reaching only 40%) - but only just over $11 billion was promised. This does not bode well for those who rely on the vital medication.

Be inspired: watch this 2 minute film

This short (2 minute) film has just won a gold medal at Cannes.It graphically illustrates the positive effect of antiretroviral therapy on Selinah, a woman living with HIV in South Africa.Visit http://vimeo.com/11290122 to watch the film clip

What can we do?

The UK has still to state how much it will give to the Global Fund. Visit http://stopaidscampaign.org/ to e-mail Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development with an urgent plea, which could prevent more babies being born with HIV. To find your MP,go to www.theyworkforyou.com

You can also sign on-line petitions from the World AIDS Campaign and the International AIDS Society www.iasociety.org. See also www.bornhivfree.org, and www.aids-freeworld.org, www.aidsconsortium.org.uk/StopAIDSCampaign and www.e-alliance.ch

Moderator's Letter to G8 leaders

Read the letter, organised by the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, and signed by 31 religious leaders from around the world, including our own Moderator, the Right Rev John Christie, and a statement by Stephen Lewis, co-director AIDS-free world.

You can also read an article on "Broken funding promises and Access to treatment" by Geoffrey York, published in the Globe and Mail on 23 June at www.theglobeandmail.com.

To find out more about the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance's "Live the Promise - HIV and AIDS Campaign", visit www.e-alliance.ch.

For further information please contact the HIV/AIDS Project at hivaids@churchofscotland.org.uk