Nicola joined her constituent, Ella Davis, and other campaigners at a Youth Stop Aids Parliamentary event, hearing about life changing work underway to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS across the globe.
Sadly, despite enormous progress made, 2.1 million people still became infected with HIV in 2015 and the number of young people dying from HIV and AIDS has tripled since 2000. There is a clear commitment across Government, international organisations and charities to end AIDS by 2030, and campaigners like Ella are doing vital working in raising awareness.
James Wharton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development, spoke to the campaigners reaffirming the Government’s commitment to ending HIV and AIDS, highlighting that the UK has pledged over £1 billion replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
Nicola says: Although we’ve seen huge steps forward, with overall HIV infections falling by a third and new infections amongst children declining by 58% there is still more we can do and the UK has a key role to play. Aids is still the leading cause of death for women of reproductive age, and it will take a joined up approach from Government’s all over the world to make a difference.
I am proud that the UK is the second largest funder of HIV prevention, care and treatment and I will be continuing my work to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding HIV & AIDS, as well as supporting crucial initiatives and medical research to end AIDS.