Mary Creagh Backs World AIDS Day
Mary Creagh MP is backing World AIDS DAY on 1st December to raise awareness of the plight of the more than 33 million people around the world living with HIV.
Every day, over 6,000 people become infected with HIV and over 5,000 people die from AIDS. An estimated 1.9 million people were newly infected with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa last year, bringing to 22.4 million the number of people living with HIV. Around 14 million children have been orphaned due to AIDS.
International Development Secretary, Douglas Alexander said: “Mary has been a passionate campaigner on this issue and has pressed me to do more to help. We have made tackling this disease a top priority and I am proud that the UK has become the 2nd largest funder tackling HIV/AIDS. We are committed to investing £6 billion to achieving the goal of universal access to comprehensive prevention programmes, treatment, care and support. We can make a difference, if we show the political will to act.”
Mary said: “Access to AIDS services across the developing world remains unacceptably low. Most prevention strategies are available to fewer than 1 in 5 people who need them. But we can make a difference. Labour’s continued commitment to overseas aid and support for health services in poor countries is vital to tackling this devastating epidemic.”
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