New Delhi: With the HIV/AIDS estimations on the rise in the Indian subcontinent, it is time to question what has been achieved so far and what lies ahead, especially in countires like India where prevalance is high and women are most vulnerable.
Critical questions have been posed by ActionAid, NGO:
* Why are 90% of HIV positive pregnant women missing out on life-saving drugs?
* Why are less than 10% of Indians who require anti-retro viral treatment able to get it?
* Why is AIDS funding falling short of US$ 8-10 billion every year despite commitments by world leaders to provide universal access to treatment by 2010?
* How extra lives will be lost as a result?
The NGO is organizing a ’League of Shame’ in the capital which will give comparative indicators between the world’s worst offenders, including on number of health workers, government health expenditure, proportion of affected women and children receiving anti-retro viral drugs they need and the percentage of pregnant HIV positive women receiving treatment to reduce risks of transmission from mother and child.
Global AIDS Week of Action events in Delhi will see CII, corporates, NGOs and healthcare activists take part in various events that include a candlelight vigil on 20 May at 6pm at India Gate; on 21 May at 3pm, a press conference and report launch with HIV positive speakers at the Indian Women’s Press Corps and on 21 May at 6pm, a cross-party meeting of parliamentarians at India International Centre.