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AIDS: Medical Treatments

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 12 September 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress his Department has made in ensuring universal access to AIDS treatment for all by 2010. (154828)

The UK Government are working to ensure universal access to AIDS treatment by 2010 in partnership with the international community, through DFID's bilateral programmes and through our contributions to multilateral organisations.

DFID's bilateral programmes are helping strengthen health systems in developing countries to roll out anti-retroviral treatment (ART). For example, in Zimbabwe DFID is providing £20 million over four years to increase by at least 50 per cent. the number of people able to access ART. In Malawi, DFID has committed £45 million over five years for testing and counselling, access to ART and other related services.

The international effort to achieve universal access has helped boost the numbers of people on AIDS treatment in low and middle-income countries from 400,000 in 2003 to more than two million people today.

DFID has provided £359 million to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria over the 2002-08 period. To date, Global Fund-financed programmes have provided treatment to over 770,000 people living with HIV.

DFID is also committed to improving access to medicines, including providing €20 million for UNITAID, the new drugs purchase facility, as part of a 20-year commitment, increasing to €60 million per year by 2010 subject to performance. UNITAID has provided several significant grants, including more than $130 million for paediatric and second line ART.