When people fall ill, they have the right to medical care. But only one in three people living with HIV has access to the medicine they need to stay alive. Denied treatment, 8,000 people die, needlessly, every single day.
World AIDS Day 2009 is on 1 December. The theme for this year’s events, all around the world, is ‘human rights and access to treatment’.
Christian Aid is part of the Stop AIDS Campaign and we are backing their Push for the Pool campaign, which would help more people in poor countries to get the medicines they need.
An independent patent pool would allow more competition between drug firms, driving down the cost of life-saving medicines while also ensuring that companies receive a fair reward for developing new drugs.
Patent pools are not just a pipe dream. The international medical group UNITAID is working to set one up right now. But unless pharmaceutical companies and researchers join up, it won’t work.
We need your help to make sure they do.
Take action this World AIDS Day. Join the Push for the Pool.
Watch other Push for the Pool animations on the Stop AIDS Campaign site.