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Activists storm stage at AIDS conference to demand that funders meet their pledges

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 20 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3950
  1. Richard Hurley
  1. 1BMJ

    Access for all to preventive interventions and treatment for HIV and AIDS is possible—but only if countries increase their funding and respect universal human rights. This was the message from politicians, experts, and activists at the 18th international AIDS conference in Vienna this week, in response to worldwide cuts to aid.

    An estimated 25 000 delegates watched protestors march the length of the huge convention centre, storm the stage, and delay the opening session, with shouts of “Broken promises kill. No retreat: fund AIDS!”

    This year is the deadline for universal access set by the G8, the world’s top eight industrialised countries. “We are nowhere near,” said …

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