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Over 90 NGOs call on Danish PM to reverse cuts in fight against HIV/AIDS |

October 21st 2015 (download letter in pdf)

OPEN LETTER FROM CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THE WORLD TO:

His Excellency, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen of Denmark

Your Excellency,

At the end of September, world leaders gathered in New York to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, the global goals which will guide the world’s efforts in development through 2030. Under the Health Goals “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages” and an explicit sub-goal: “By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases”. All countries agreed to implement this plan and pledged that no one will be left behind. Denmark has played an important role in negotiating the equality-oriented SDGs and is seen as a leader in the AIDS response due to its commitment to human rights.

We are shocked to learn that at the same time your government agreed to implement the SDGs, it announced that it has prepared a finance act that proposes dramatic cuts in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

We understand that this includes a planned yearly cut of 65 million DK to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for 2015 and 2016 (almost $20 million USD), despite the promises made by the Danish Prime Minister and Nordic heads of state during US President Obama’s 2013 visit to Stockholm and the pledge made at the Global Fund Replenishment meeting in 2013. The Global Fund is the mechanism through which more than 8 million people have accessed life-saving HIV medicine over the last decade. It provides preventative treatment so that women living with HIV can have HIV-negative babies, and it supports prevention and harm reduction services to underserved populations. Your government is putting these gains at risk and letting people down.

On top of this you propose to end your contributions to the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, one of the leading organizations in the civil society response to HIV, and reduce the CISU funds (Civilsamfund I Udvikling – Civil Society in Development) available to Danish NGOs to implement HIV/AIDS prevention projects in partnership with civil society in the Global South. Also, in the future you plan to end funding for two major HIV prevention initiatives; the International Partnership for Microbicides and International AIDS Vaccine Initiative that advance scientific research in microbicides and AIDS vaccines. In addition, you propose to decrease the contribution to UNAIDS, and your bilateral support to HIV/AIDS and health programs in high prevalence countries is being phased out.

These cuts are in sharp contrast to what global leaders called for in New York: accelerated action and enhanced financial investments to fast-track the end of the AIDS epidemic. What keeps us from achieving this historic opportunity is an annual funding gap of US$ 12 billion. Maintenance levels of funding are not an option; cuts such as those being suggested in your finance act are devastating and may threaten gains from past investments. If we want to prevent a resurgence of the epidemic and use this limited window of opportunity in time to end HIV/AIDS as a public health threat, we need more – not less – investments.

Ambitious investments now are required to ensure that no one is left behind. Increasingly the epidemic is about equity and human rights; young women, adolescents and already marginalized populations are bearing the biggest burden and see some of the highest rates of new infections.

Investing in the AIDS response is investing in maternal and child health, and in equality. It is also economically smart: earlier this year, the Lancet medical journal released a report suggesting that an ambitious scale-up in the fight against HIV/AIDS could generate benefits of US$1157 billion dollars between now and 2030.

We call on you to live up to the promises made to help meet the Sustainable Development Goals and reverse the cuts to HIV/AIDS and the Global Fund in the Finance Act.

Denmark was a leader in the fight against AIDS – we need your leadership now more than ever.

Global Signatories

Organization Name Country
Fundacion Huesped Argentina
RedTraSex/Red de Mujeres Trabajadoras Sexuales de Latinoamérica y el Caribe Argentina
Fundacion para Estudio e investigación de la Mujer Argentina
Intercambios Asociación Civil Argentina
Positive People Armenian Network NGO Armenia
APCASO Asia-Pacific
Pacific Friends of the Global Fund Australia
RESULTS Australia Australia
European AIDS Treatment Group Belgium
Stop AIDS Alliance Belgium
Positive-Generation Cameroon
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD) Canada
Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network Canada
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Canada
RESULTS Canada Canada
Mecanismo social de apoyo y control en VIH de Colombia – MSACVCO Colombia
Linea de Apoyo a Personas con VIH Sida Cuba
Hiv-Danmark Denmark
AIDS-Fondet Denmark
Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM) Estonia
Friends of The Global Fund Europe Europe
Positiiviset Ry/ HivFinland Finland
Global Health Advocates France France
SOLTHIS France
AIDES France
ACTION Global Health Advocacy Partnership Global
Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) Global
Coalition PLUS Global
ONE Campaign Global (Washington HQ)
HIV Iceland Iceland
Presenation Society India
Osservatorio Italiano sull’Azione Globale contro l’AIDS Italy
Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network Jamaica
Her Story Centre Kenya
International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally Affected by HIV Kenya Chapter Kenya
Kenya NGOs Alliance Against Malaria Kenya
LEAN ON ME FOUNDATION Kenya
WOTE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS Kenya
BLUE CROSS NYATIKE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM Kenya
INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY OF WOMEN LIVING WITH HIV Kenya
KENYA AIDS NGOs CONSORTIUM – KANCO Kenya
ISHTAR MSM Kenya
GAY & LESBIAN COALITION OF KENYA OF Kenya
Kydesa Rainbow community Kenya
SMILE AFRICA DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION Kenya
World AIDS Campaign International Kenya
Stop TB Partnership- Kenya Kenya
KeNAAM Kenya
Kenya Treatment Access Movement-KETAM Kenya
OPERATION HOPE (CBO) Kenya
Movement of Men Against AIDS in Kenya(MMAAK) Kenya
DANDORA COMMUNITY AIDS SUPPORT ASSOCIATION Kenya
Eurasian Network of People who Use Drugs Lithuania
Association for Healthy Life Styles PULSE – Kumanovo Macedonia
HOPS-Healthy Options Project Skopje Macedonia
Doverba org mk Macedonia
Civil Society Organization Center for development and improvement of public life Tetovo Macedonia
Golomoti Active AIDS Support Organization(GASO) Malawi
Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) Malawi
Journalists Association Against AIDS Malawi
Union C Nepal
NIRNAYA Nepal
Aids Fonds – STOP AIDS NOW! Netherlands
Global Network of People living with HIV (GNP+) Netherlands
Y+ Netherlands
International Civil Society Support Netherlands
KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation Netherlands
ICW LATINA Nicaragua
3rd Sector Support Africa Nigeria
Treasureland Health Builders Initiative Nigeria
Good Health Educators Initiative Nigeria
Labour, Health and Human Rights Development Centre Nigeria
Nye Pluss – hivpositives landsforening Norway
HivNorge Norway
White Dove Community Care  Inc. Philippines
AS – Center For The Empowerment Youth Of People Who Are Living With HIV And AIDS Serbia
AIDS Accountability International (AAI) South Africa
Fundación Salud por Derecho/Right to Health  Foundation Spain
Eastern Africa National Networks of AIDS Service Organizations (EANNASO) Tanzania
Tunisian Association of Positive Prevention Tunisia
PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS(PLAS) LYANTONDE NETWORK Uganda
WEDNET-AFRICA Uganda
The Brea TB and Aids Foundation Uganda
IceBreakers Uganda
All-Ukrainian Network of PLWH Ukraine
AIDS orphan UK trust United Kingdom
International HIV AIDS Alliance United Kingdom
STOPAIDS United Kingdom
Youth Stop AIDS United Kingdom
RESULTS UK United Kingdom
AID FOR AIDS USA
Health GAP USA
Pangaea USA
ITEZHI -TEZHI WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS ASSOCIATION (IWAWA) Zambia
Youth Engage Zimbabwe
Advocacy Core Team Zimbabwe

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