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IAS urges donors to maintain commitment to global HIV response ahead of the G8 Summit
Date:6/23/2010

23 June 2010 (Geneva, Switzerland) In 2005 the international community made an historic commitment to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care by 2010 at the Group of Eight (G8) summit in Gleneagles, Scotland. Despite important progress, the world is not yet on track to achieve this commitment, and there are troubling signs that donors and implementing countries are capping or shrinking funding for the HIV response.

"Walking away from this commitment would be extremely short sighted," said Julio Montaner, President of the International AIDS Society, "It will not only undermine any gains that have been made, but will undoubtedly lead to an increase in infection rates, illness and death."

The 2010 G8 Summit, in Muskoka, Canada on the 25-26 June, will emphasize the need for increased focus on Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 (reducing child mortality) and MDG 5 (improving maternal health). Evidence shows that combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases is essential to meeting these important goals. "Improving the health of women demands a sustained commitment to addressing HIV which is the leading killer of women of reproductive age worldwide and one of the leading causes of adult and child deaths in low- and middle-income countries." added Professor Montaner "We absolutely recognize the importance of emphasizing maternal and child health, but the interrelatedness of the health MDGs and the centrality of an effective AIDS response to maternal and child health cannot be denied. It is striking that countries that have made the least progress with regards to reducing maternal deaths are the countries in which the AIDS crisis has been most severe".

Evidence has also demonstrated that effective responses to AIDS have multiple benefits for other health issues, reducing not only HIV transmission, but also tuberculosis (TB) transmission and deaths from TB. The expansion of AIDS services has led to an improveme
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Contact: Lindsey Rodger
lindsey.rodger@iasociety.org
41-227-100-822
International AIDS Society
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