Universal Access Now
2010 is the deadline the international community set to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care for all those in need. This commitment was first made by the Group of 8 (G8) in 2005, and was subsequently endorsed by all UN Member States at the 2005 UN Millennium Summit and then incorporated in the 2006 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS.
While there has been significant progress towards universal access in recent years, this progress remains fragile, and is now threatened by inadequate financial and political support.
The IAS has launched a major advocacy campaign to hold world leaders accountable for their promise to fund universal access. We look forward to working with our membership and our partners to building an ever stronger and more vocal movement in support of universal access.
Key Upcoming Events
Between now and mid-summer, three key events – the Global Fund Replenishment meetings and the summits of G8 and G20 nations – will determine whether the world continues to act to end this epidemic, or whether we add universal access to a growing list of broken global health promises.
The IAS calls on political leaders to:
- Fully fund the Global Fund to Fight HIV, TB and Malaria at the meeting with donor nations in the Netherlands on 24 -25 March, and with bold pledges in October.
- Ensure, over the coming months of ministerial meetings and communiqué planning, that AIDS – including a recommitment to universal access – is high on the agenda for the G8 and G20 summits in June.
- Ensure that African nations live up to the commitment they made on health spending as part of the Abuja Declaration in 2001.
- Move quickly to adopt innovative financing schemes such as the Financial Transactions Tax, a tiny tax on bank transactions that will raise billions for global health, and do more to strengthen global economies than any banker bonus.
- Integrate more proactive strategies, to scale up HIV testing and treatment so that people can benefit from HIV treatment for their own health and to prevent transmission. This is key not only to saving the lives of people who are already living HIV, but also to reducing new HIV infections over the longer term.
G8 and G20 Members
The Group of Eight (G8) is comprised of heads of state from the following countries:
The Group of 20 (G20) is comprised of the finance ministers and central bank governors from all G8 member states plus:
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
- European Union
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
The Impact of HIV Treatment on HIV Prevention and Implications for the 2010 Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
Key Dates in 2010
1st Global Fund Meeting, Third Replenishment (2011-2013)
The Hague, The Netherlands
World Health Assembly
UN MDG Review Meeting
New York, USA
2nd Global Fund Meeting, Third Replenishment (2011 – 2013)
New York, USA
World AIDS Day
In the News
(10 May 2010)
Is Universal Access for HIV a Realistic Goal?
(9 March 2010)
Aids - An ongoing emergency in which lives will continue to cost money
(8 March 2010)
Ahead of high-level meeting on universal access in London, Guardian features guest blog by Robin Gorna
(20 February 2010)
IAS Urges G8 to Follow Through on 2005 Commitment to Universal Access by 2010 as Part of New Maternal and Child Health Initiative
(20 November 2009)
IAS Governing Council Concludes With Call to G8 to Honour Their Commitments to Universal Access by 2010 and Fund the Global Fund