We welcome the campaign, which is intended to encourage people to sign up in support. Continued funding can make the mission a reality, and by signing up it shows leaders that there is a strong public support to continue and increase funding.
“It is heartbreaking that over 400,000 babies are born with HIV every year even though we have the medical means and the expertise to prevent this,” says Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, The Global Fund’s Ambassador for Protecting Women and Children against AIDS.
“I hope the Born HIV Free campaign will inspire millions of people to support The Global Fund so we can finally put an end to this terrible injustice.”
The Born HIV Free campaign follows a call in 2009 from UNAIDS head Michel Sidibé to virtually eliminate mother-to-child transmission by 2015. HIV-positive mothers can pass on HIV to their babies during pregnancy, child labour, delivery or by breast-feeding. The risk of transmission can be significantly reduced if they get access to prevention and treatment services.
A majority of The Global Fund’s resources come from donor governments. This year countries will pledge funding for the next three years (2011-2013) to fight the three diseases. On 5 October 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will chair a meeting of donor countries in New York.
The Born HIV Free campaign will run until the key meeting in New York in order to mobilise public support for these decisions.
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We can inspire millions of people to finally put an end to this terrible injustice