“June is getting to a severe situation and lightens the red light”, recognized the leader of the Programa Nacional de SIDA, of Health Ministry, doctor Deisy Matos, about the shortage of antiretroviral medication happening in Venezuela, main topic during a reunion summoned by ONUSIDA, with the assistance of agents from Civil Society’s Organizations that work with AIDS.
According to Open Society Foudantions, for global health funding, the events of the past months havent´t been potentially catastrophic. But cuts this severe should worry anyone who cares about global health. By slashing AIDS funding to this degree, the United States isn’t just putting lives at risk. It’s reversing a great achievement of U.S. foreign assistance for health: providing support for socially excluded groups, and helping put them on the front lines of the fight against HIV.
José Moyá, agent of the Pan American Health Organization in Venezuela (OPS, in Spanish), ensures that as soon as the chancellor Delcy Rodríguez announced, in December, the enlargement of the cooperation that already existed to purchase medicines from the World Health Organization, the deal to increase the acquisitions began. The Venezuelan Institute of Social Securities joined the table, but there still was no deal. Though the president of the institute, Carlos Rotondaro, promised that the oncological medicines would arrive in a month through the fund, the deal is not closed. If the agreement was accomplished today, the drugs wouldn’t arrive until two months to the country.
According Erasing 76 Crimes Blog, Pressure from growing, progressive and unapologetic civil society organisations is behind the change in Museveni’s position on the AIDS battle. During the June 6 unveiling of a new plan seeking an end to HIV/AIDS in Uganda by 2030, Museveni admitted that he shares the blame for the country’s recent increase in HIV infections, because he believed, incorrectly, that the Uganda Aids Commission (UAC) was achieving its goals through programs such as the ABC Strategy, which promoted Abstinence, Faithfulness among couples and Condom use.