Egypt on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, submitted a request to the presidency of the UN General Assembly to block the participation of 11 LGBT organizations from attending a high-level meeting next month on ending AIDS, reports Reuters. The document sparked a protest by Canada and the European Union.
According to Himal SouthAsian, there is a huge stigma against HIV positive and AIDS patients in Pakistan. “Many people, especially in rural area, still think that it is a contagious disease and they stop interacting with HIV-positive people”, they said. The information is part of a webserie that has been published on the website.
Matthew Kavanagh, from Health Global Access Project, analyzed with severe words the Report of the United Nations Secretary-General for the High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS. According to him, “the current UNSG’s report includes a table that calls for a dramatic pullout of international funding from Upper-Middle Income Countries (UMICs)”. United Nations Secretary General should be ashamed…
At the opening of the HIV Clinicians in Southern Africa, Anele Yawa, TAC General Secretary in HIV Clinicians Conference, said “While everyone is talking about treatment for all, what is happening in reality? Where is the increased investment? Where are the new healthcare workers that we will need to sustain and grow these programmes? How can we provide quality care without many more healthcare workers? Where will we find money to buy the ARVs? Everyone talks about treatment for all, but where is the political will and financial commitment to make it a reality?”