TAC to protest cuts in Aids funding

2010-06-17 08:15

Several organisations including the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)

and Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) are set to march to the US Consulate in

Johannesburg today to protest against cuts in Aids funding.

“European governments and the USA are betraying their commitments

to help fund HIV treatment in the world’s poorest countries,” the TAC said in a


“We will be marching to the US Consulate in Johannesburg to make

United States President Barack Obama aware of the deaths that will result from

his anti-treatment policies.”

The TAC said less than half the people in need of antiretroviral

treatment (ART) in Africa had access to the medicine.

“It is tragic, that under President Obama, the President’s

Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar) is cutting support for ART and

flat-lining funding for HIV/Aids.”

The march, organised by the TAC, Cosatu and Doctors Without

Borders, is scheduled to start at George Lea Park in Sandton at 11am.

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