Quarterly meeting with Lord Fowler

On Thursday 26th June, STOPAIDS was joined by 40 people from across our membership, the private sector and donor community, for our quarterly meeting marking the publication of Lord Fowler’s book AIDS: Don’t Die of Prejudice. Lord Fowler spoke about the themes of the book in a Q&A session with STOPAIDS Director Ben Simms, discussing his visits to nine cities around the world as part of writing the book. Themes included harm reduction programmes, drawing on Lord Fowler’s experience of working with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine in particular, and punitive legislation against LGBT communities around the world.

IMG_9374Lord Fowler was then joined in a panel discussion with Simon Watney, Susie McLean (International HIV/AIDS Alliance), and Cathy Crawford (ImpactAIDS). Simon reflected on the work Lord Fowler and the government did in the 1980s, raising awareness around HIV with the well-known AIDS: Don’t Die of Ignorance campaign. Cathy reflected on the importance of involving people living with HIV at all stages of the design and implementation of these sorts of campaigns, and

Susie McLean then spoke about the most marginalised groups, especially in Russia and Eastern Europe, and the ways in which governments are failing to adequately provide for those most risk of exposure to HIV and other infections.

“More than 1 million people have been left to die without harm reduction programmes in Russia… at what point to we call that genocide?”

IMG_9452The meeting was followed by a reception hosted by David Bull, Executive Director of UNICEF UK, and with speeches from Sir Nick Partridge (formerly THT) and Georgia Burford, chair of trustees at STOPAIDS.

We were also able to use the meeting to highlight the vulnerabilities faced by children and young people within the global HIV response, with the launch of a report from our April seminar on children and young people affected by HIV. You can download the report here.

 

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Lord Fowler signs copies of his book, AIDS: Don’t Die of Prejudice