Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Our flight is not delayed. But Universal Access to Treatment by 2010 sure is...

Team TakeANumber is on it's way to Vienna. Three of us are here at JFK Airport, about to get on the flight and head to the AIDS Conference, where we'll remind the US Government (and the world) that funding global AIDS is critical.

When we get there, we'll be helping to organize a major action at the opening ceremony. Check it out at Sign on to the action, and help us plan! Email me for more info.

Here's a bit about the action:

Join us as AIDS Activists Open the International AIDS Conference!
Sunday, July 18th  17:00 – 19:00
Reed Messe Wien - Main Entrance

Governments around the world are reneging on their commitments toward Universal Access to HIV care, treatment and prevention. The decision by the U.S. government to downgrade the effort on HIV/AIDS is now well-known and documented. European governments are also pulling back in their support for AIDS care, treatment and prevention. Governments in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe, have failed to live up to their commitment to fund AIDS treatment and other health needs.  The African Union countries have failed to live up to their Abuja commitments on heath. Already, access to HIV treatment is being cut back. Waiting lists are growing. Drug stock outs are increasing at an alarming rate all over the world.  Instead of meeting Universal Access and MDG targets, governments around the world are retreating from their commitments.

There are many important discussions that will take place during the International AIDS Conference from July 18 – 23rd in Vienna.  However, in order for any of those discussions to have any relevance, ALL conferees must first address the growing crisis in funding for AIDS care and prevention.  All conferees must now become AIDS activists!

More info here.

See you in Vienna, fellow AIDS Activist Rockstars!

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