[Ip-health] Oxfam GB statement on WAD

Mohga Kamal-Yanni mkamalyanni at oxfam.org.uk
Thu Dec 1 07:04:30 PST 2011

Donors and drug companies missing chance to eliminate Aids - Oxfam
Governments which have failed to pay their contributions to the Global 
Fund to Fight Aids, Malaria and Tuberculosis are guilty of breaking their 
own promise to extend HIV treatment just months after they made it, Oxfam 
said today.
In a statement to mark World Aids Day, Oxfam said the pledge made by 
governments in June to increase the number of people receiving HIV 
treatment to 15 million by 2015 would be worthless without additional 
resources. The Global Fund was last week forced to cancel its latest 
funding round because of a lack of money. resources.
Mohga Kamal-Yanni, Oxfam senior policy adviser, said: ?The Global Fund 
barely has the money to pay for medicines and services for those already 
receiving life-saving treatment far less provide them for millions more 
who need it.
?If world leaders are serious about eliminating HIV and about preventing 
countless unnecessary deaths they need to put their hands in their pockets 
and stump up the missing contributions.?
Italy, Germany, Japan, Spain and the European Union have all either 
delayed or cancelled payments to the fund.
Oxfam is also calling on pharmaceutical companies to join the HIV Medicine 
Patent Pool which requires them to share their patents to allow the 
production of cheaper and more effective treatments. Currently companies 
such as ViiV are dragging their feet from signing effective licenses with 
the pool.
Kamal-Yanni said: ?There can be no excuse for big pharma putting patents 
ahead of patients. Companies guard their intellectual property rights at 
the expense of millions of people with HIV who are not getting the 
effective treatment they need.?
Further information: Jon Slater 01865 472249, 07876 476403/ 
jslater at oxfam.org.uk

Best wishes 
Mohga - Dictating to the computer so please forgive silly mistakes
Dr. Mohga M Kamal-Yanni
Senior health & HIV policy advisor
Oxfam GB
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