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1 December 2005

Barrett joins campaigners on World Aids Day

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, has today joined campaigners in Parliament for World Aids day calling for the G8 countries to stick to the promises made at Gleneagles to tackle the global AIDS pandemic.

As part of the Stop AIDS campaign, John has given his support to ‘The World is Watching’ drive, which aims to remind governments across the world that people are looking to them to see that promises to tackle AIDS are kept.
Speaking after the event in Parliament, John Barrett said:

“In July, the G8 nations promised to get HIV treatment to all the men, women and children who need it by 2010. It is important that today, World AIDS day, we remind the G8 to turn their promises into action.

“The AIDS pandemic has claimed over 3 million lives this year, including those of half a million children. Over 40 million people in some of the world poorest countries are living with this killer disease – most of them without treatment.

“Deaths on this scale are equivalent to a jumbo jet crash every hour of every day of the year. In Scotland, public health services can quickly provide effective anti-AIDS drugs, but for the vast majority of people in poorer countries these drugs are simply too expensive.

“The G8 leaders should put their money where their mouths are. Much was promised at the euphoric Gleneagles press conference in July, but the Global Fund is still some $3.3 billion short of what is needed.

“This World Aids Day, G8 leaders should call press conferences to explain why we are so far behind the delivery of the eradication programme in Africa.”

John with Aids Day bus*John with Aids Day campaigner

Notes

· The Stop AIDS Campaign brings together around 80 national and international NGO’s working on HIV & AIDS. Members include large organisations such as The National AIDS Trust, Terence Higgins Trust, Action Aid, Oxfam, Christian Aid, UNICEF as well as smaller locally based organisations.

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