U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in
Africa Stephen Lewis on Monday at a regional meeting of the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
in Kigali, Rwanda, said private sector firms operating in Africa need
to donate more money to the fund to fight the epidemic there, Agence France-Presse
reports. Lewis said that multinational oil, mineral and diamond
companies, as well as pharmaceutical companies, operating in Africa
could raise billions of dollars for the fund over the next 10 years by
donating 0.7% of pre-tax profits (Agence France-Presse,
11/29). Lewis said, "If the funds are not there, you compromise
treatment, care and prevention, and compromising these means
compromising millions of lives on the African continent." He added that
the lack of donations is causing countries, including many in
sub-Saharan Africa, to ask for less funding. "We are on the knife's
edge," Lewis said, adding, "This is a tremendous opportunity for a
breakthrough if we can sustain the treatment and prevention, but the
lack of funds will grossly affect these programs" (Asiimwe, Reuters,
11/28). Richard Feachem, executive director of the Global Fund, has
said the fund needs $3.3 billion more in pledges to meet its 2006 and
2007 goals. According to Feachem, the Global Fund has received $3.8
billion of the $7.1 billion needed to implement its programs over the
next two years (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 11/22).
A novel idea. We can't get the governments to pony up 0.7%, so lets work on the companies doing business in the region.
Thanks to the pressure of campaigners like you in July at the G8 leaders committed to providing AIDS treatment for everyone who needs it by 2010. This is a real cause for hope.
This World AIDS Day we want to keep the pressure on world leaders to make sure they honour these promises.
A huge photo-petition of people's eyes is set to remind Tony Blair and other world leaders that we are watching them on their promises about AIDS treatment - and we need your eyes to do it!
The thousands of eyes we are collecting will be displayed inside and outside a London bus, which will visit the European Development Ministers, MPs and ambassadors, and leave them in no doubt that the world is watching them extremely closely!
I'm sitting here reading about Schism in the Papacy... need a quick break.
Last months issue of World Vision Canada's magazine, Child View, had a great spread on the impact of their various Christmas Catalogue gifts. Seeing as this subject is close to our hearts (and seeing as it doesn't look like the content is online) I've scanned the page on chickens and goats.