On 29th June, young advocates living with HIV came to Parliament to meet with APPG members and discuss their views, concerns and experiences of how HIV impacts on their lives – whether that be in school, university or in the health system. Members of the APPG found the meeting extremely useful.
As replenishment of the Global Fund draws nearer the APPG has been working hard to increase awareness amongst Parliamentarians of the important work the Global Fund does. On 12th July the HIV/AIDS APPG joined with APPGs on TB and Malaria to host a reception with special guest speaker Annie Lennox. The event was a great opportunity to get the important message across that the UK needs to increase its contribution to the Global Fund.
On Wednesday 13th July the APPG held its annual AGM to re-elect officers. To make the most of the opportunity we also decided to hold a roundtable discussion on the recent High Level Meeting in New York with the outgoing Minister Baroness Verma, STOPAIDS, AIDS Alliance, Harm Reduction International and members of the APPG.
Sir Richard Feacham, former Executive Director to the Global Fund accompanied the current Executive Director, Mark Dybul in a joint APPG meeting to discuss with Parliamentarians the importance of the Global Fund’s work. The meeting was a great success, with representatives from key civil society organisations such as STOPAIDS, Results UK and Malaria No More. Most Parliamentarians, by the end of the meeting were in agreement that the UK should pledge £1.2 billion to the Global Fund, now we need to ensure that this message reaches the Government.