Harlow student brings anti-poverty campaign to House of Commons

Education: Secondary / Mon 23rd May 2022 am31 09:19am

EARLIER this month, Alimi Ifeoluwa, 27, from Harlow headed to parliament to urge the government to invest in the fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria, at a ‘Day of Action’ organised by anti-poverty organisation The ONE Campaign.

The day was to campaign for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, which seeks to eradicate these three diseases around the world.

Alimi met with MP for Meon Valley, Flick Drummond, to talk about Global Fund success stories, presenting its investment case (photo attached), and if fully funded will help save 20 million lives. 

The UK co-founded the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, which has saved over 44 million lives, halving the death rate from the three diseases in the countries in which the Global Fund works.

In 2020, for the first time, programmes declined – due to the pandemic and disinvestment into Global Health. 1 million fewer people with TB were treated, HIV testing dropped by 22%, and malaria deaths increased by 12.4% in Global Fund eligible countries.

Alimi urged MPs to call on the government to make an ambitious pledge to the Global Fund to get the world back on track toward ending HIV, TB and malaria, and to build resilient health systems globally. The Global Fund is having its seventh replenishment this year, asking governments to help reach its funding target of $18bn to help it continue its lifesaving work.

She provided Flick Drummond and other MPs personal booklets which included messages addressed to them from constituents expressing their wish for the UK to invest more in ending preventable disease through the Global Fund. 

Alimi says “The pandemic and its aftershocks have meant that for the first time in a generation we have seen the threat from AIDS, TB and malaria increase. Science has given us the tools to finally beat these diseases. We have the knowledge and skills to get these tools where they are needed. What is missing is the investment to finish the job.”

MP for East Ham Stephen Timms said “I am very pleased to meet the constituents representing The ONE Campaign and I will be pleased to write to the PM and Foreign Secretary concerning the Global Fund as they requested.”

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