With an eye toward rebuilding international commitment to combating global AIDS, the International AIDS Society (IAS) has created a new online tool to help scientists and other HIV advocates pressure their leaders to live up to Universal Access goals at upcoming G8 & G20 meetings.
With this e-advocacy campaign, individuals can click here to send a letter to any world leader (it’s available in six languages), urging top government officials to maintain leadership on global AIDS. In the U.S., for example, the letter would go to the White House, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and officials at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator.
The letter—which can be customized—reads, in part:
“Despite impressive advances, however, political and financial support for universal access is waning, and important gains against the epidemic may now be lost. In some high-burden countries, patients are being turned away from clinics, and clinicians are being forced to decide who will receive lifesaving treatment – and who will not. Reducing access to ART could lead to increased HIV drug resistance and would mean millions in need will die premature, avoidable deaths.”
It urges leaders to fully fund the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, as well as to work with G8 and G20 leaders to make sure that AIDS is high on their summit agendas.