AIDS 2016 Demo: Affordable medicines for all

Up to 5,000 people marched on the International AIDS Conference in Durban demanding global action to end AIDS and accountability from the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon.

The Alliance was one of many organisations supporting the march which stopped outside the City Hall where local activists demanded a meeting with the Secretary-General.

Demo4Speaking at the demo on Nelson Mandela Day the Treatment Action Campaign and the Health Global Access Project called for “truth” about the state of the epidemic.

Representatives from the demo, rallying outside Durban City Hall, demanded that Ban Ki Moon meet with them to discuss the need for affordable medicines for people living with HIV. Ban Ki Moon later addressed the Conference.

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Asia Russell, Executive Director of the Health Global Access Project, said:

“At a moment when HIV treatment science has shown us the way forward, our governments are engaged in a cynical game of promising to end the AIDS crisis and then refusing to put up the funds to do so. With $7 billion more a year we could be moving toward ensuring all people living with HIV have access to treatment, but instead they are trying to convince us we should choose—which people, which geography, which age or gender or sexuality—because there is not enough money. We reject these false dichotomies; the wealthiest countries in the world could fill this gap.”

Our governments are engaged in a cynical game of promising to end the AIDS crisis and then refusing to put up the funds to do so.

Actress Charlize Theron made a downbeat speech at the AIDS 2016 opening ceremony lamenting the fact that it was still necessary to be hosting the conference at all: “I’m incredibly grateful to be here but, with respect, I don’t want to be here again.”