The UK, which had funded UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV & AIDS, £15 million a year for the past five years, has just announced it plans to provide only £2.5 million this year – a more than 80% cut.
These cuts could jeopardise UNAIDS’ work supporting some of the most marginalised people, including LGBTQI+ people in lower-income countries who face violence and arbitrary arrest; hurt its work to help girls' education; and lessen its ability to help countries end AIDS by 2030, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 3.
Whilst other donors are maintaining their support for UNAIDS and the HIV response, the UK’s cuts of over 80% to UNAIDS are completely at odds with the UK’s strong support for UNAIDS’ new strategy that was adopted last month. In the lead up to June’s High Level Meeting on HIV & AIDS and the G7 Summit, whilst other donors are stepping up, the UK risks abandoning its influence and leadership within the HIV response.
But you can do something about this.
Write to the The Prime Minister, Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP and FCDO Minister Morton, along with their Ministerial Private Secretaries, to ask them to protect HIV funding and champion youth- and community- leadership in the HIV response. Please select all available targets to email.