Steve Supporting World AIDS Day(November 27, 2013)
Steve Rotheram this week joined UK, international and student activists at a STOPAIDS parliamentary event to mark the 25th World AIDS Day on 1st December.
Steve showed his support for the UK’s pledge of £1bn to the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, ahead of the Global Fund replenishment conference in Washington D.C. next week.
The event coincided with the launch of the Department for International Development (DFID) review of its 2011 position paper Towards Zero Infections. The former Lord Mayor of Liverpool spoke with activists about how far we have come in tackling the AIDS epidemic, with 9.7 million people now accessing treatment, and AIDS-related deaths declining from a peak of 2.2 million in the mid-2000s to 1.6 million in 2012.
Steve explained, “With 16 million people still not accessing anti-retroviral treatment and 1.6 million people dying of AIDS-related illnesses in 2012 there is still much work to do.
“I fully support the UK’s pledge of £1bn to the Global Fund and encourage other world leaders to join us in committing to bring this disease under control. I urge our government to remain focused on overcoming the challenge AIDS continues to pose to our international community.
“This Sunday 1st December marks the 25th anniversary of World AIDS Day, a day when activists and people living with HIV from around the world come together in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. I urge all in Liverpool to get involved and help beat this disease”.