High Level Meeting on Universal Access in Eastern and Southern Africa

Access to antiretroviral therapy: the road aheadIn mid 2009 the APPG began to push for some formal recognition on the part of the Government that 2010 - the target date for Universal Access - was going to be reached, without the goal having been acheived.

We called for renewed commitment and leadership on the part of the Government to accelerate progress toward Universal Access. The International AIDS Society called for the same.

In response, a High Level Meeting on AIDS was hosted by DFID on Tuesday 9th March with attendees from East and Southern Africaand beyond, including Ministers, academics, activists, pharmaceutical industry and the donor community.

Participants renewed a shared, and urgent, commitment to meet the goal of Universal Access to comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment, care and support – championed by the UK in 2005; they also agreed that AIDS must remain high on the international agenda, as we head towards the MDG summit and G8 and G20 meetings of 2010 – the year the goal set by the G8 falls due. 

The meeting highlighted the need to accelerate action to achieve Universal Access, to meet the needs of the 10 million people waiting for HIV treatment, and "turn off the tap" of new HIV infections through evidence and rights-based interventions as well as expanding access to treatment. 

The group recognised the need for health systems that effectively deliver both MNCH services and services for women, men and children who are vulnerable to and living with HIV: and called for the integration of efforts to achieve MDGs 4, 5 and 6. 

it concluded that to achieve this we need financing for scale-up, through the Global Fund and other mechanisms. But equally we need leadership - political and at all levels of society.

A fuller account of the meeting [80 Kb]

The resulting declaration of shared principles [25 Kb]

Presentation by UNAIDS [78 Kb]

Presentation by Dr Alan Whiteside [785 Kb]