Press Notice 58a, Session 2005-06

19 October 2006

HIV/AIDS: marginalized groups and emerging epidemics

Please note that the meeting originally scheduled for Thursday 26 October, has been postponed. This meeting will now take place on Wednesday 1 November

At 15.00: Witnesses to be confirmed

At 16.00: Gareth Thomas MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Robin Gorna, Senior AIDS advisor and Team Leader, Global AIDS policy, Human Development Group, Policy Division , Department for International Development

On World AIDS Day 2005 (1 December 2005), the International Development Committee issued a report on Delivering the Goods: HIV/AIDS and the provision of anti-retrovirals (HC 708). The Committee subsequently decided that it would return to the issue of HIV/AIDS on an annual basis, to hold the UK Government to account for the commitment it made during 2005 to support international efforts, led by UNAIDS, to achieve the goal of universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support for all those who need it, by 2010.

In consequence, the Committee will be holding an oral evidence session on Wednesday 1 November at 15.00. This session will focus on two distinct but interconnected issues. Firstly, the Committee will examine the provision of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support to populations which are marginalized in society, including but not restricted to, commercial sex workers, intravenous drug users and men who have sex with men. Secondly, the Committee will scrutinise the extent to which HIV/AIDS policy and programming is effectively addressing emerging epidemics, including those in Eastern Europe and Asia.

UNAIDS' 2006 Report on the global AIDS epidemic highlighted the fact that the emerging epidemics in Eastern Europe and Asia are being largely driven by vulnerable and marginalised groups. Systematic work to address the particular HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care needs of marginalised groups has to date been lacking in many countries where HIV/AIDS epidemics have emerged relatively recently. The evidence session will focus specifically on the role played by DFID in addressing these issues, but also consider the contributions of the EU, the UN and NGOs.


Detailed enquiries to Matthew Hedges, Second Clerk to the Committee, on 020 7219 0851 or [email protected]


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Further Information:

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Malcolm Bruce MP (Chairman, Lib Dem), John Barrett MP (Lib Dem), John Battle MP (Lab), John Bercow MP (Con), Hugh Bayley MP (Lab), Richard Burden MP (Lab), Mr Quentin Davies MP (Con), James Duddridge MP (Con), Ann McKechin MP (Lab), Joan Ruddock MP (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh (Lab).

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