Speak Out, Don’t Be Silent –
It is more important than ever for our leaders to show serious political leadership by speaking up for the rights of children living with HIV. We’re urging the UK to ensure that a Government Minister participates in July’s International AIDS Conference, accompanied by a young person.
Invest, Don’t Neglect –
The profit driven research and development (R&D) model for medicines means that there is a lack of incentives for pharmaceutical companies to invest in certain issues if they won’t make money from them, like HIV medicine for children.
It’s encouraging that the Government has increased funding for research into global health. But we have concerns that conditions attached to government grants are not sufficient to guarantee that resulting medicines from public research will be affordable. To create a thriving environment for HIV research that ensures access to medicines, the UK Government should introduce public interest conditions to government funding contracts for R&D. This way, publicly funded R&D for medication produces drugs that are accessible and affordable by the public.