29 March 2011

UNICEF UK’s Campaigns team yesterday handed in a petition to stop babies being born with HIV to Stephen O'Brien MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development.

The campaign action called for the Government to contribute enough money to the Global Fund for it to continue its life-saving work and help stop babies being born with HIV by 2015. Also present at the hand-in of the petition were representatives from the Stop AIDS Campaign, Student Stop AIDS, campaigning organisation Results UK and youth-led development agency Restless Development

Stephen O'Brien, International Development Minister, said: "It is totally unacceptable that more than 1,000 children are newly infected with HIV every day in developing countries when there are effective interventions to prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to their babies.

"The British government is strongly committed to supporting the improvement of services to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV and to work with others to eradicate AIDS in children. We have put women and children’s health at the core of our international development agenda. Our commitments will help save the lives of at least 50,000 more women during pregnancy and childbirth, and 250,000 babies, and provide access to family planning for at least 10 million more couples."

The Government has agreed to increase the amount of money it gives to the Global Fund but it hasn’t yet announced how much it will give. Sign up for the Campaign Update e-newsletter to stay up to date on the campaign’s progress as well as the work of the Campaigns team.

Stephen O'Brien MP with Stop AIDS Campaign members © D McDonald Stops AIDS Campaign
Stephen O'Brien MP, International Development Minister with members of the Stop AIDS Campaign, including UNICEF UK Campaigns team. © D McDonald Stops AIDS Campaign