In one day, about 1,000 young women across the world will be infected with HIV. Tomorrow, it will be another 1,000. One week from now, nearly 7,000 young women will have contracted HIV.
It is in this context that I met constituent Sarah Young from the One Campaign to discuss what policy makers can do to tackle this global issue.
Sarah explained to me that, although in the UK we have made huge advancements in early detection, diagnosis and treatment, AIDS isn’t a disease of the past in countries across Africa, it’s a crisis now.
We discussed the Global Fund which has helped to fight AIDS, TB, and malaria by slashing deaths from these diseases by a third. This innovative fund – a partnership made up of many different countries – supports frontline nurses and doctors and the latest technologies to help people fight back against these killer diseases.
This year, government and business leaders will gather in France to decide whether or not to expand the reach of the Global Fund. With full funding, we could help save 16 million more lives and stem the spread of disease. That’s the kind of bold ambition the world needs.
Therefore, I joined the call to fully finance the Global Fund by signing the ONE Campaign joint letter to urge world leaders to ensure this vital progress doesn’t slip back.