Marking World AIDS Day, Liberal Democrat party president-elect Tim Farron MP boarded the Stop AIDS Campaign bus outside Parliament this week to show his support for the effort to bring an end to children being born with HIV by 2015. Tim met with campaigners from the Stop AIDS Campaign and joined them in their call for the government to lead the world in the effort to deliver an AIDS-free generation by giving its fair share to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
Commenting afterwards Tim said: "It is important we mark World AIDS Day however we can. Last year 400,000 babies were born with HIV or contracted it through their mother's breast milk. But there are simple and affordable medicines to prevent this. We're asking the Government to support the campaign for an AIDS-free generation born in 2015."
"The Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria has saved nearly six million lives since its creation in 2002 and if fully funded, could ensure virtually all babies are born HIV free by 2015.
Diarmaid McDonald, Coordinator of the Stop AIDS Campaign said, "The UK could lead the world in ending children being born with HIV by 2015. By giving its fair share to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria the government could make this incredible goal possible. I'm delighted by Tim's support for our campaign."