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International AIDS Society emphasizes universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care as a prerequisite for improving maternal and child health
Date:9/28/2010

only financial commitments to Universal Access to HIV treatment are realized."

The MDG summit provided a platform for a number of key donors to announce their pledges to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, which will be hosting a 3rd Voluntary Replenishment meeting in October. France pledged $1.4 billion, Canada followed with a pledge of $540 million, Norway committed US$225 million and Japan pledged $800 million. The Global Fund has developed three funding scenarios ranging from US$13 US$20 billion for the replenishment period 2011-2013. It is only the third scenario with a commitment of $20 billion from international donors that would allow the Global Fund to significantly scale up programming and bring the world closer to reaching the health related MDGs.

The Global Fund provides a fifth of all financing for AIDS globally and is a major contributor to PMTCT programmes, and as such has played a key role in progress that has been achieved to date. While the increased commitments from France, Japan, Canada and Norway are encouraging, the Global Fund is facing an extremely challenging economic environment, and there are growing concerns amongst global health advocates that without a full replenishment the steady progress made over recent years may be reversed. US President Barack Obama, who spoke on the final day of the MDG Summit, indicated that the US would strengthen its commitment to the Global Fund, however he did not reveal any specific funding pledges.

"World leaders have recognized that maternal and child health is a prerequisite for achieving all other millennium development goals," said Mats Ahnlund, Acting Executive Director, IAS. "The now global recognition that one Millennium Development Goal cannot be achieved without the others is a positive step. However, we must now make governments and donors accept that Universal Access to HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care, a commitment that was made by world leaders bac
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Contact: Lindsey Rodger
lindsey.rodger@iasociety.org
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International AIDS Society
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