May 22, 2003
The letter, conveyed on behalf of 42 organizations from 22 countries, expresses a collective appeal for swift response from all global leaders in addressing the confounding factors of disease, global debt, poverty, social inequity, and economic debilitation which currently shape the environment in which HIV/AIDS thrives. Delivered to the heads of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the European Union, the underlying message is clear and simple: "That we have harnessed the marvels of modern science, set foot into the cosmos, and designed treatments or cures for serious afflictions, enabling us to preserve and enhance human life, yet at the same time are variably unable or unwilling to put this knowledge and passion in service of those in greatest need worldwide, points to our greatest collective failure."
With particular regard to the fight against HIV/AIDS disease, the 42 organizations conveying the above message hope to ensure that HIV/AIDS is understood not only as a global threat that requires adequate support through vehicles such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, but one that cannot be effectively halted unless individuals, communities, and nations crippled by the disease are unleashed from international debt and balances of global trade which hinder efforts at sustainable health and human development. The letter, and list of supporting organizations may be seen by clicking here.