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ONE Attends International Aids Conference

ONE was at the International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Durban, South Africa to tell world leaders just that: the fight against HIV/AIDS is not over.

International governments and African leaders must make it a priority to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in order to protect the millions of lives at risk. Just last month UNAIDS warned that the long-term decline in HIV/AIDS had stagnated as funding for disease prevention hit an all-time low since 2010. ONE attended the International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Durban, South Africa to tell world leaders just that: the fight against HIV/AIDS is not over. 

Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, said, “The power of prevention is not being realized. If there is a resurgence in new HIV infections now, the epidemic will become impossible to control. The world needs to take urgent and immediate action to close the prevention gap.”

ONE was at the International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Durban, South Africa to tell world leaders just that: the fight against HIV/AIDS is not over.International governments and African leaders must make it a priority to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in order to protect the millions of lives at risk.

July 18, 2016. Strong Girls perform at the opening ceremony of the International Aids Conference (IAC) in Durban, South Africa. Picture: JAMES OATWAY/ONE.ORG

July 18, 2016. Strong Girls perform at the opening ceremony of the International Aids Conference (IAC) in Durban, South Africa. Picture: JAMES OATWAY/ONE.ORG

Leaders from sub-Saharan Africa must take bold and meaningful steps to address the needs of women and girls who are at the centre of today’s challenge to  combat the disease. Women in sub-Saharan Africa are twice as likely as men to contract HIV.

Investing 15% of their national budgets on health would not only save millions of lives, it would prove that we are all taking this problem seriously.

The international community also has a role to play in the fight against HIV/AIDS. We are calling on international leaders to contribute to the Global Fund, which has a replenishment target of $13 billion this year.

This year, ONE has joined up with Africa’s top female music stars who performed their song Strong Girl at the IAC Opening Ceremony on July 18. The Strong Girl song is a rallying cry to empower women and girls to seize the opportunity to lead the fight against extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS and other preventable diseases. As Judith Sephuma, ONE Strong Girl says, “It is alarming that every day over 850 young African women between 15-24 are infected with HIV”.

If African leaders fail to invest in the health of their citizens, and world leaders ignore their call to action, fewer lives will be saved and infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS will not be defeated. 2 million people have been infected with HIV every year since 2010, it is time to put an end to AIDS.

 

 

 

 

 

Join ONE in calling on world leaders to support #GirlsEverywhere to fight back against HIV/AIDS by signing Patricia and Consolata’s letter right now!

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