On Thursday 17th February 3 heavily pregnant mothers-to be handed over the signatures of more than 250,000 ONE members to the UK Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell MP.
Shockingly over 1,000 babies are born every day with HIV despite the fact that simple treatment is available to prevent this. Our message was clear – that no child should be born with HIV by 2015. With the hand-over we asked the UK government about its commitment to The Global Fund to fight HIV and AIDS, an important fund for making treatment available. Andrew Mitchell responded that an announcement is to be made in early March on the UK’s contribution to the fund, as well as a general review of the government’s aid spending.
The petition was delivered by ONE’s European Director Tobias Kahler in partnership with highly influential blogging website Mumsnet who have supported the campaign since its inception. Mother to be Rachel Meyrick from London said:
“I was really surprised to learn that while the transmission of HIV from mothers to children is very rare in Britain because treatment is available; this is not the case for hundreds of thousands of less fortunate women in developing countries. I feel strongly about this and was glad to let our government know over 250,000 people have signed the petition urging that no child should be born with HIV by 2015.”
Thanks to your help, the UK Government was left in no doubt that ONE members around the world want urgent action on this issue.
We’ll now be watching closely to see how the UK will deliver.