Wake Up Campaign Briefing
Despite being preventable, AIDS-related illnesses are still among the leading causes of infant mortality. In 2016, 120,000 children died due to AIDS-related illnesses.
DFID’s historic leadership and funding for the HIV response has helped bring incredible progress in access to prevention, treatment and care. The UK’s pledge at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria sixth replenishment will help save a further 2 million lives over the next 3 years. However progress is stalling and global funding for HIV continues to stagnate despite increasing financial need.
The Kigali Declaration, launched at the 2019 International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa should serve as a ‘Wake Up’ call to all leading donors to the HIV response and the international community as a whole.
The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) should play a leading role in stopping children needlessly dying without access to timely HIV diagnosis and affordable treatments.
This briefing, prepared by STOPAIDS in partnership with several civil society organisations and networks led by people living with HIV, seeks to advise and provide practical recommendations on how DFID can show leadership on this issue.