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HEALTH human rights activists again reminded African leaders that they were watching them when they staged a protest at the 2010 World Economic Forum on Africa meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, early this month.
At last year's World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, activists staged a demonstration sporting a giant eyeball on which were written the words "We Are Watching - Fund the fight against HIV and TB", to remind world leaders of their commitments to funding health and HIV prevention, treatment and care.
This time activists from more than 10 African countries once again staged a demonstration as the final activity in a three-day civil society forum that laid out a long-term plan for regional advocacy on these issues.
The demonstration was planned to convey the message to regional and global leaders that their backtracking on universal access and other health commitments was not only a slap in the face to people in the African region, but an unwise public health and economic decision.
A memo detailing civil society's concerns was handed over to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria's director of external relations, as well as the Tanzanian government's commissioner of health, who conveyed these messages at the World Economic Forum.
Numerous reports in the past year have highlighted that the HIV response in sub-Saharan African was under threat.
This poses an immense risk to maternal and child health in the region, and could result in devastating destabilisation of broader health and socio-economic programmes.
Political hostility towards sustained scale-up of HIV funding is intensifying at the global level, although the 2010 target of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care has not even been halfway met.
As a result, the lives of more than 10million people who are still in need of treatment are in jeopardy.
The lack of funding for HIV is a critical element of a much bigger problem related to inadequate resources for health in the region. - Health-e news