Over 100 students from Stop AIDS groups across the UK came to London for the Day of Action to campaign on our two current campaigns, Push for the Pool and the funding shortfall for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
We met with Ivan Lewis MP, Under Secretary of State for International Development, who announced that he would personally set up meetings with the chief executives of the big pharmaceutical companies to discuss forming an ARV patent pool. We also called on the government to pledge their fair share of the Global Fund’s shortfall – £183.45 million for 2008-10; the Minister said he’d heard us, but that no annoucement would be made on this in the near future – so we need to keep the pressure up!
Many MPs also pledged their support for the two campaigns: more information and pictures at http://www.stopaidscampaign.org.uk/DayActionMarch09Page1.asp
Representatives from the Cambridge group and from Cambridge Medicines sans Frontieres also recently met with David Howarth, the Cambridge MP, to discuss these campaigns – the meeting was a great success, as Mr Howarth agreed to support both campaigns and gave us a good deal of constructive feedback on how to approach them.
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