World AIDS Day 2011 - Advocacy Background

In June 2011 the medical journal The Lancet published an article “Towards an improved investment approach for an effective response to HIV/AIDS” laying out the Strategic Investment Framework designed to get the world to zero – zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero stigma and discrimination.  The strategic initiative was developed by a team of international scientists and experts representing UNAIDS, the Global Fund, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Government. 

While plans are already being developed to incorporate best practices in the global HIV response into the strategic framework, the major challenge now is funding the initiative. Specifically the U.S. can be a leader in ensuring the Global Fund for AIDS receives robust commitments of $22 billion from rich countries to meet the target goals from now through 2015.  With adequate funding for effective interventions now, global funding for HIV-AIDS can be decreased by 2020 as the implementation of antiretroviral treatment (ART) strategies become widespread.

Even in this global economic climate, the opportunity to turn the page on HIV-AIDS should remain a funding priority.  However, just last week, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria decided to cancel its current funding round (Round 11) due to a shortage of funds.  Thus, the role of the U.S. as a leader in the HIV response has never been greater, not only as a major donor, but in working with other countries, especially in Europe, to ensure that necessary funding commitments are made and kept.

Funding goals we urge include the following:

  • Rich countries must provide at least $10 billion per year for the Global Fund, including at least $2b from the U.S.   African governments invest 15% of their budgets in health as promised.  With U.S. leadership the global commitment should ensure at least $22 billion in funding through 2015.
  • In the U.S., Ryan White Care Act, Medicare Expansion, HIV prevention programs, NIH and CDC budgets, and the HOPWA Housing program must all be fully funded.
  • HOW? A 0.005% Financial Transaction Tax on speculators for the fight against HIV/AIDS, health and social services in the US and worldwide, and stop rampant speculation.

Incorporating decades of research and evidence of what treatments and community health strategies are most effective, the Strategic Investment Framework has been designed to consolidate global efforts and target the most strategic areas and affected populations for maximum impact.  Over the years the United Church of Christ HIV and AIDS Network (UCAN) has been a leader in developing civil society responses to HIV and AIDs and in advocating for responsible government, health and public sector strategies for addressing the pandemic.  Today we can make a significant effort in turning the page on this disease by urging the U.S. to take a lead role in funding and supporting this important global collaboration.

TAKE ACTION -Urge the U.S. Administration to keep its commitmentto the Global Fund and to fund the Strategic Investment Framework.

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Rev. Michael Schuenemeyer
Executive for Health and Wholeness Advocacy
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
216-736-3217
schuenem@ucc.org

Mr. Derek Duncan
Associate for Global Advocacy and Education
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
216-736-3220
duncand@ucc.org