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Launch of HIV and AIDS strategy

Taking Action Booklet On 20 July The Prime Minister, Tony Blair launched the UK's new strategyPDF (1.31MB) for tackling HIV and AIDS in the developing world.

The strategy provides the framework for how the UK Government will spend the 1.5bn committed in last week's Government Spending Review. The Prime Minister announced that at least 150m will be spent helping children whose parents have died from AIDS and other children made vulnerable by AIDS. He also announced a doubling of the UK's contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria over the next three years - increasing the UK donation to over 150m.

Mr Blair described his 'personal commitment' to providing global leadership to tackle AIDS during the UK presidencies of the EU and G8 in 2005 and beyond.

DFID's commitment to HIV and AIDS

International Development Secretary Hilary Benn said:

"Taking Action: the UK's strategy to tackle HIV and AIDS in the developing world' - launched today - sets out how we will work with developing countries, other donors and multilateral organisations to coordinate international efforts, close the 6.6bn funding gap and improve health, education and human rights for the poorest and most vulnerable in developing countries."

Consultation Process

Throughout the formulation of the strategy DFID undertook a full and broad consultation process (LINK). Those consulted included; colleagues in DFID and other departments, NGO's, the international community, academics and members of the business community. As well as national support for the strategy, Nelson Mandela has endorsed the UK government's position (LINK).


Also launched in conjunction with Taking Action is the HIV and AIDS treatment and care policy. DFID's Sexual and reproductive health and rights position paper was launched on 6 July. This complements both the HIV strategy and the new treatment and care policy. A fourth part of this package is: Increasing access to essential medicines in the developing world: UK Government policy and plans. Click on the links below to see all of these documents in full.

Statement on the National Audit Report on DFID's work on HIV and AIDS 

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