APPG hosts high-level panel on the impacts of HIV on women and girls.
On the 4th November the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS hosted a productive parliamentary panel discussion exploring the need to address HIV & AIDS to improve the lives of women and girls. The panel included DFID Minister Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, President Obama’s Ambassador on HIV & AIDS, Deborah Birx, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Luis Loures and Luisa Orza, a prominent activist.
Minister Shapps spoke about the great progress that’s been made to date in the AIDS response stating that we should celebrate, but the job is not yet complete. Ambassador Birx highlighted that it is possible to end AIDS by 2030 but the time to act is now.
Mike Freer MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS who hosted the event, said “It’s encouraging that we’ve been able to bring together this high-level panel and that there’s so much agreement on the importance of maintaining the financial and political commitment to meet the recently agreed target to end AIDS by 2030. If we are to meet this target we must scale up the response immediately”.