Several NGOs and CBOs working in the field of HIV and AIDS sent an extensive communiqué to the Health Department in Peru. These organizations are demanding immediate responses to the absence of actions addressing the HIV epidemic, comprehensive health care, prevention strategies, among other reasons. The letter contains aspects that highlight the efforts of prevention and care that have not been achieved during the current government of Ollanta Humala. Also, it is demanded an immediate solution to the issues in the supply of inputs and medicines before the interruption in the delivery of ARVs and condom shortages nationwide.
Similarly, different organizations have expressed great concern about the lack of educational strategies, prevention strategies and peer support, among others. This has a direct impact on children, especially among teenagers, who are the most vulnerable population to HIV infection due to misinformation and the lack of education strategies.
“Analyzing the situation of HIV in our country, where the rate of new diagnoses hasn’t fallen and everyday it’s increasing, we call on the authorities to put more interest on this issue. It is not fair that we call ourselves a country with greater economic projection and inclusive policies, but we still have serious problems in the treatment and prevention of HIV”, said Pablo Anamaria, a recognized HIV activist in Peru.
Guiselly Flores, activist and member of Red de Mujeres Viviendo con VIH, said the following: “In this context, the country is in a clear setback. We have not moved forward. We need a dialogue about public policies on HIV, and we also need a dialogue with the authorities to improve existing barriers.”
NGOs, community-based organizations, and activists continue to gather at government buildings in order to voice this problem. Enrique Chávez, Director of Advocacy of AFA said: “… it is important that we all stay together and do again what was made twelve years ago with the amendment of the law 26626, access to treatment, and protection resources before the American Commission on Human Rights in Washington …”
For further information, NGOs and activists have designated three contact persons:
Mr. Pablo Anamaria | 956 225 202 | firstname.lastname@example.org,
Mrs. Guiselly Flores | 968 148 301 | email@example.com
Mrs. Julia Campos | 4713587 | firstname.lastname@example.org