A coalition of organizations is asking for more funding to support those living with HIV, but the federal government is already using some HIV funds in the fight against monkeypox.
Ahead of an international conference focused on the ongoing HIV/AIDS pandemic, a coalition of organizations are advocating for the federal government to more adequately fund their response to a disease or risk missing critical 2030 targets.
The campaign is calling on the federal government to follow funding recommendations that came from the House of Commons Standing Committee back in 2003 to spend $100 million per year to respond to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The same recommendation was issued again in 2019.
The Vancouver-based Community Based Research Centre (CBRC) is teaming up with a coalition of 18 organizations, including the HIV Legal Network, to push the campaign. The coalition, known as the National Advocates, is urging people in Canada to send letters to the Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos demanding an increase in HIV funding at the federal level to $100 million per year. The campaign is also advocating for governments to better engage with people living with HIV and the organizations supporting them.
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