SECURE FUNDING KEY TO KEEP EXPANDING TREATMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH AIDS, MALARIA AND TB
Geneva, 10 June 2010 At a meeting which ended last night, the Executive Board of UNITAID approved a plan to step up efforts to enlist more countries to apply a solidarity levy on air tickets to provide additional funding for the health Millennium Development Goals. The Board approved a number of resolutions, among them the final phase of the establishment of a medicines patent pool, but a situation of depleting funds raises concerns for the many patients currently being treated by UNITAID.
Geneva 7 June 2010 UNITAID is deeply concerned that the provision of a key paediatric AIDS medicine produced by Bristol Myers Squibb will be interrupted in June 2010 until at least April 2011. The medicine, didanosine 25 mg and 50 mg, is supplied by UNITAID through the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to between 4,000-7,000 infants in 40 countries. Interruption of treatment would seriously jeopardize these young children's survival.
UNITAID welcomes the report released by Médecins Sans Frontières on 27 May, No time to quit: HIV/AIDS treatment gap widening in Africa. It is an important step in the lead up to the Vienna International AIDS Conference in July, and a vital call to action to all stakeholders to keep funding AIDS and build on the many successes on the past 10 years.
Each year, as the outcome of an international competitive process, CHAI selects manufacturers to supply antiretrovirals (ARVs) for developing countries in the scope of the Paediatric and Second Line Projects. The outcome of the 2010 tender, as well as the Supplier Letter (Request for Proposal), is now available and may be accessed below:
22 April 2010 - Today, the European Commission has adopted an ambitious action plan for EU action to speed up progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In 2009, the EU aid level has slightly decreased and amounted 49bn. This corresponds to 0.42% of EU GNI, making the EU still far from meeting the intermediate collective target of 0,56% GNI by 2010, before reaching 0.7% EU GNI by 2015.
World TB Day Joint Message FIND and UNITAID