Policy & Politics
British International Development Secretary Urges European Union Ministers to Approve HIV/AIDS, Global Health Action Plan
May 24, 2005
British International Development Secretary Hilary Benn on Monday urged ministers from the European Union to approve an action plan outlying how member nations can improve the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria worldwide, Reuters reports (Moller, Reuters, 5/23). The European Commission last month adopted the "Programme for Action: Accelerated Action on HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis in the Context of Poverty Reduction," which suggests E.U. governments in their 2007-2013 budgetary discussions agree to help fill the financing gap of efforts to fight the three diseases, which the United Nations estimates will be $14.9 billion annually by 2007. The proposal says the expanded program should include the distribution of insecticide-treated nets and condoms at no cost, increased access to counseling and testing for HIV/AIDS, and the promotion of affordable drugs, research and education programs. The proposal also calls on E.U. governments to help launch political dialogue about the stigma, discrimination and human rights issues facing people living with the diseases, as well as address specific concerns of vulnerable groups, such as orphans and children (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 4/28). Although E.U. member states have pledged to provide 0.7% of their gross national incomes by 2015 for poverty-reduction initiatives, only four E.U. states -- Denmark, Sweden, Luxembourg and the Netherlands -- have met or surpassed that goal, Reuters reports.
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