HIV/AIDS Commission Launch - Ethiopia Sept03
week's launch of a UN Commission on HIV/Aids and governance in Africa, is
a welcome initiative that will go some way to help the 40 million people
suffering from HIV/Aids in Sub-Saharan Africa.
draftsman for the European Parliament's report on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria
in Developing Countries, I hope that the newly formed commission will
build on my recommendation to ...
to secure treatment through lack of access to medicines, and social
exclusion, especially of women, disables the workforce and increases poverty risking stability
in developing countries,
on governments in the developing world to allocate an appropriate level of
national resources to health;
on the Member States to abolish tariffs and taxes on exports of essential
drugs and equipment to developing countries in order to make health care
in the developing countries more affordable
on all major pharmaceutical manufacturers of essential life-saving
medicines to continue to collaborate with the EU and governments of the
developing countries to offer, as a first step,
further reductions (tiered pricing)
in order to reach marginal costs, and as a second step, to
implement a global tiered pricing system
hundreds die from HIV/AIDS each day because they are denied access to
essential medicines, corrupt dictators continue to fund their own lavish
I hope that the people of Africa will reject and remove the dictators who deprive and disgrace them. Altruistic pledges of more aid will be wasted until all of us in Europe and beyond have the courage to help Africa in achieving this aim.