The Stop AIDS, dance4life and SPW Bus

David Borrow MP, Chair of the APPG and International Development Minister Mike Foster MP met with young people from across London who had converged on the South Bank Royal Festival Hall to give their very own performance of ‘dance4life’ which is raising awareness of HIV and AIDS in developing countries.

The performance was the grand finale of a nationwide tour by SPW’s dance4life and Students Stop AIDS Campaign programmes which have used dance and music, and the testimonies of young people to inspire a new generation of Britain’s young people to help tackle HIV and AIDS.

As well as using their skills to entertain passers by the young dancers used the event as a platform to call on governments and the international community to do more to increase access to affordable HIV treatments.

Speaking at the dance4life event, International Development Minister, Mike Foster, said:

“There are still challenges ahead in the fight against HIV and AIDS, but the UNAIDS figures released last week show we’re making significant progress. Now we must build on this by ensuring that our funding continues to deliver results. Young people clearly feel passionately about the impact of HIV and AIDS and have today sent a clear message that they want the UK to take action to help put an end to this tragedy.

“The Department for International Development will continue to call for the pharmaceutical industry to engage with the UNITAID patent pool to help make effective HIV treatments, particularly for children, available and affordable for people living in developing countries.”