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Durban International AIDS Conference__________Durban AIDS Conference Reports >>>>>
__zJuly 9-14 2000

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Treatment for all, Now !
We are united with a single purpose, to ensure that everyone with HIV and AIDS has access to fundamental rights of healthcare and access to life-sustaining medicines. AIDS has become a catastrophe that threatens the very future of this planet. Terribly high levels of HIV infection and death due to AIDS are now a reality (rather than merely a projection) in poorOne AIDS Death Every 10 Minutes communities worldwide. More than half of all these infections occur among women. AIDS is causing widespread devastation in Africa and Asia especially. This was avoidable. It is the consequence of negligence, particularly on the part of 'first world' governments whose resources could have been mobilized to come to the practical assistance of poor nations many years ago. __continues > > >

GLOBAL MARCH FOR HIV/AIDS TREATMENT_ 9 July 2000
From the TREATMENT ACTION CAMPAIGN (SOUTH AFRICA) and the HEALTH GLOBAL ACCESS PROJECT COALITION_ _continues > > >

>UNAIDS Confesses that Generic Access is Key to Making AIDS Treatment Available
ACT UP Demands: BREAK THE PATENTS_July 11th 2000_ continues > > >

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Price Variations of Medications
From USA to South Africa, prices of the main drugs against HIV
Presented @ Durban South African AIDS Conference, 11 July 2000_ continues > > >

Pharmaceutical Company Profits and Salaries Listings
by Richard Laing, Department of International Health, School of Public Health, Boston University
Presented @ Durban South African AIDS Conference, 11 July 2000
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World Health Organization sold out to Big Pharma_ July 11th 2000_ continues > > >

Activist responses to pharmaceutical companies drug donation announcements . . .
AIDS activists offered a critical response to the first of an expected flurry of announcements from pharmaceutical companies of amorphous or spurious drug donation schemes. Yesterday, Boehringer Ingelheim released a statement announcing a five-year nevirapine donation program (brand name: Viramune) to developing countries. __continues > > >

Nelson Mandela

 

 

 

CLOSING ADDRESS
BY FORMER PRESIDENT
NELSON MANDELA ("VIVA!")
AT THE XIII INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE, 14 JULY 2000_ continues > > >
Including Update:  "AIDS war has failed, says Mandela"   July 15 2003

 

FIRST JONATHAN MANN MEMORIAL LECTURE: "THE DEAFENING SILENCE OF AIDS"
BY JUSTICE EDWIN CAMERON, HIGH COURT OF SOUTH AFRICA, JOHANNESBURG
PLENARY PRESENTATION,
_ MONDAY 10 JULY 2000__ continues > > >

Mbeki defiant about South African HIV/AIDS strategy
A review of Mbeki's speech at Opening Ceremony for Durban International AIDS Conference_ continues > > >

Rapporteur's Report: Track D -- Social Science_ continues > > >

Bay Area Reporter >July 20, 2000
Assessing the Conference and what was missing_ continues > > >

Durban Conference Statistics_ continues > > >

World AIDS Day 2000
SIX MONTHS AFTER DURBAN: HAVE AIDS DRUG PRICES FOR THE POOR BEEN "SLASHED" ???
On May 11th 2000, The Wall Street Journal reported that UNAIDS and five drug companies were offering "to slash the prices of HIV drugs for people living in poor countries." According to the article, exact prices were supposed to be settled upon in the weeks to come. More than six months later, there is still little progress on the promised discount. _ continues > > >
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NEWS FLASH >>>
Pharmaceutical Companies Beaten!
_April 19th, 2001
The Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association and all the pharmaceutical companies have unconditionally withdrawn their lawsuit in court against the South African Government and AIDS activists. They have conceded to public criticism and the legal arguments prepared by TAC and the South African government and world-wide outrage. >read more > > >

 

>2002 UPDATES >>>

Accelerating Access" serves pharmaceutical companies while corrupting health organizations >>>
May 11, 2002 marked the second anniversary of the "Accelerating Access" initiative, launched by UNAIDS in a partnership with several UN agencies (WHO, FNUAP, UNICEF and the World Bank) and five pharmaceutical companies (Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Glaxo SmithKline, Merck & Co., and Hoffman-La Roche). Since the end of 2001 this initiative has been under the responsibility of the WHO. According to the UN, Accelerating Access means "a redoubling of the efforts of the cosponsors and the UNAIDS Secretariat to finance health care for people living with HIV/AIDS." This initiative was supposed to provide developing countries with access to medicine at the lowest possible prices, as well as provide technical support for the implementation of national access programs for antiretroviral treatment. Two years later, people with AIDS examine the results. Accelerating Access serves, above all, pharmaceutical companies who profit from a partnership with international institutions while using the program to maintain their monopolies and to limit any reductions in price. read more > > >

Tracking Progress Since AIDS 2000 in Durban
Two years ago, we collected every press release and flyer issued at the Durban Conference. Now we are opening those files again to ask: "How far were the words, commitments and plans implemented? Did they make it into concrete actions? In the final lead-up to this years International AIDS Conference in Barcelona, a selection of those announcements are being systematically reproduced and revisited on INTAIDS - to find out what has been achieved in the 22 months since they were issued. We start the debate today by looking back at the plenary given at AIDS2000 by Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch titled: Human Rights and the AIDS Crisis: The Debate Over Resources. HDN asked Mr Roth how his views on where the money for the AIDS response should come from, and on national commitments and transparency, had changed since he made that speech two years ago- and what differences he thought the UNGASS and Global Fund developments had made. In the coming weeks, we shall be looking closely at other statements and commitments that were made during the Durban Conference in 2000 - by governments; by drug companies; by international organizations and by prominent NGOs. What has happened to those fine words and statements? Which of the projects and promises turned into real progress? How much of the hype and publicity turned into thin air? >read more > > >

 

 

 "Let us be judged by our actions and not our words" -- Justice Cameron

 

 



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