In the framework of the Encuentro Nacional de Liderazgo Positivo’s discussions, Juan Corona Román, a member of the civil organization Vida Plena Puebla, explained that due to Mexico’s financial problems, the Government is aiming to privatize health care services. The privatization would make people with hiv more vulnerable from an economic, social and legal point of view, since the privatization of a service causes that the only people that can have access to it are the ones who can pay for it.
Corona also mentioned that because of the adoption of the Transpacific Trade Agreement, the medication prices will increase, which will make the hiv response unsustainable in the long-term. He also made an appeal to the civil society and to people with hiv to watch the budget closely and to try to change the minds of the House of Representatives, which is in charge of passing the Expenditure Project presented by the Executive, and the Ministry of Finance which can reassign the already approved budget.
Javier Arellano, advisor to UNAIDS’ Latin America and the Caribbean regional office, expressed that spaces such as Encuentro de Liderazgo Positivo allow to strengthen the links between the Government and the civil society and to improve civil society’s own links.
It is important to highlight that the response to hiv is still in force and UNAIDS and OPS are striving to prove to Latin America and the world that in order to stop hiv effectively, it is necessary to increase the efforts and resources. In this regard, it is mandatory that activists and leaders in Mexico channel their efforts to accomplish a political agenda that encompasses health care and protection, but that it also includes the approval and allocation of a bigger budget.