[Ip-health] MSF responds to Barack Obama's commitment to increase HIV funding on World AIDS Day

Joanna Keenan-Siciliano joanna.l.keenan at gmail.com
Thu Dec 1 08:40:46 PST 2011

Medecins Sans Frontieres responds to US President Barack Obama's
announcement that the US government will commit to funding for an extra two
million people to go on HIV treatment by the end of
please see below for a response quote from MSF Access Campaign Executive
Director Dr Tido von Schoen-Angerer:

*Response by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/ Doctors Without Borders to
President Obama’s speech on World AIDS Day, committing to reach two million
more people with US-funded HIV treatment by the end of 2013 (totalling
nearly 6 million people on treatment under US funding).* *

1 December 2011*

“This commitment today is the shot in the arm that the global HIV/AIDS
response needs right now. We hope this marks the end of donors walking away
from supporting global HIV/AIDS, despite evidence that the epidemic can be
reversed. Now it is time for all governments – both donors and affected
countries alike – to step up, fund the Global Fund, and increase the pace
of HIV treatment scale-up, so that the effort to end AIDS is not derailed.

Our doctors and nurses started treating people with HIV in developing
countries a decade ago, in the face of widespread skepticism, and yet today
half of the people who need treatment now have it.  This is the best time
to charge full speed ahead and get treatment to everyone who needs it so we
can save lives and get ahead of the wave of new infections.”*

Dr. Tido von Schoen-Angerer – Executive Director, Access Campaign, Médecins
Sans Frontières*


*Joanna Keenan*
Press Officer
Access Campaign
Medecins Sans Frontieres
E: joanna.keenan[at]geneva.msf.org
T: @joanna_keenan


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