Delivered by Mubanga Chimumbwa, Africa, on behalf of the NGO Delegation
Thank you Chair,
I am speaking on behalf of the NGO Delegation. I’m from Africa where the HIV burden is twice that of many populations in the world. Ending AIDS by 2030 as a public health threatshould be a Sustainable Development Goal and as such, bringing the epidemic under control is essential for the long-term sustainability of HIV response results.
If new HIV infections are not drastically reduced soon, the medium- to long-term costs of the epidemic will keep rising. Complacency about the need to accelerate equitable AIDS responses will lead to increased health spending pressures on communities, governments, and funders.
It is also very unacceptable to realize that the UNAIDS Joint Programme is still facing financial challenges despite the approval of the UBRAF by Member States and donors. Unfortunately about 25 million dollars is not funded for the current UBRAF and 12 millioncontinues to be lost in the market exchange rate according to the recent financial report. We need to acknowledge the fact that HIV remains the leading cause of death among women of reproductive age and the leading cause of death of adolescents in Africa — including young people.
In many countries, the UNAIDS Joint Programme supports country policy and shapes the HIV response. Therefore, without fully funded UNAIDS Joint Programme Global Fund will not achieve its intended targets in bridging the gaps of communities, key populations adolescent and young women, to name but a few. It is very unfortunate that the funding trends are troubling especially at this critical moment, with COVID -19 still being a threat to the communities.
We have to repeat our statement that poorly planned, misplaced priorities and unexecuted donor transitioning heavily affect us as communities, resulting in service disruptions and high HIV prevalence in some countries. How many more of us need to die before you will provide the Joint Programme what is required for it to function fully? The global community will fail to fulfill the Sustainable development goals of “leaving no one behind”, if key and priority targeted interventions are not fully funded with the, health and social programmes .
People-centered and human rights-based approaches demanded by us, as communities, should be the hallmark of the fully funded HIV Joint programme response. Therefore, as civil society, we call upon donor countries to contribute at least one million dollars of additional funding, such as we had seen yesterday by Germany, or a pledge for multi-year contribution by the UK, to the UNAIDS Joint Programme so it can focus its work on our communities’ needs.
As communities and organizations of people living with HIV, we should drive the reshaping of the sustainability agenda, as we know how, what, where and when works. Fund the response now before it becomes too late.
Thank you Chair.
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