DC World Bank Protest Friday: ‘$2.86 a Day is Not Middle Income!’

Ill-fitting MIC Designations Restrict Access to Lifesaving HIV/AIDS &
Other Medications

At World Bank Protest Friday April 15th,
Advocates Call for Appropriate Country Designations, Increased Foreign
Aid for Poor Countries

PROTEST—12pm-1pm—in front of World Bank Headquarters
(19
th St. & H St. NW, Washington, DC)

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#RaiseTheMICAIDS
Healthcare Foundation
(AHF), in cooperation with over 300
organizations and advocates from 30 countries, launched the global ‘Raise
the MIC’
campaign last year urging the World
Bank
to reconsider the way it classifies middle-income countries
(MICs). The World Bank currently designates MICs as those with an income
of at least $2.86/day, barely above the International Poverty Line of
$1.25/day. Advocates are concerned that the Bank’s MIC
designations—which are frequently used by other global funders and
government bodies—translate into inadequate foreign aid for countries
suffering from poverty, creating a lack of access to lifesaving HIV/AIDS
drugs and other essential medications. AHF maintains that the bank’s MIC
designation should never be used to disqualify poor countries from
international aid for medications, life-saving services and reduced drug
prices.

As part of the ‘Raise the MIC’ campaign, advocates will host a DEMONSTRATION
in front of the World Bank in Washington, DC on Friday, April 15.

   
WHAT:

WORLD BANK PROTEST: Advocates to press World Bank to update
flawed Middle Income Country (MIC) designations.

 
WHEN:

Friday, April 15, 2016

12 – 1 PM ET

 
WHERE:

World Bank Headquarters

1818 H St. NW
Washington, DC 20006
 
WHO:

Jessica Reinhart, Associate Director of Community Outreach

Raymond Thomas, Mobilizer

• Guy Anthony, Mobilizer and Other speakers TBD

 
B-ROLL: 30-50 advocates with placards, whistles & banners, 3ft world globe
balloons
 
CONTACTS:

Jessica Reinhart, Associate Director of Community Outreach
for AHF | Cell: +1 (201) 725-1328

John Hassell, AHF Regional Director, Greater Washington, DC
Region | +1 (202) 774-4854

 

Activists will call on the World Bank to set the lower limit of the MIC
category at—or above—$3,650 of Gross National Income per capita,
equivalent to about $10 per day. Also participating in the protest are
advocates from the Bank Information Center (BIC), a non-governmental
organization that promotes social and economic justice through greater
accountability for public institutions. BIC representatives will
encourage the World Bank to adopt policies that incorporate the human
rights of women, girls, and sexual or gender minorities into its poverty
reduction projects. In order to properly address issues such as violence
against the LGBTI community in poor countries, BIC joins ‘Raise the MIC’
activists in advocating for appropriate MIC designations and adequate
international aid.

“Seventy-five percent of the world’s poor reside in countries classified
as middle-income, including the majority of people living with
HIV/AIDS,” said John Hassell, AHF’s Regional Director in
Washington, D.C. “The current MIC designation covers countries whose
average citizen lives just above the poverty line and whose basic
necessities are barely met. We urge the World Bank to revise its
methodology so that it more closely aligns with the economic realities
of people in the developing world.”

Country classifications are not only used by the World Bank, but a host
of other large foreign aid organizations as well. As a result of their
MIC designation, countries with weak economies face reductions in
foreign aid, fewer concessionary development loans and higher prices for
essential medicines—including lifesaving antiretroviral therapies for
HIV/AIDS. For example, Mexico, Vietnam, and Ukraine pay as much as ten
times the cost of commonly prescribed HIV drugs compared to countries
classified as low-income, despite high levels of income inequality and
greater disease burden. In Swaziland, nearly 1 in 3 adults is
HIV-positive; however, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has
stopped providing condoms to the country due to its MIC designation.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS
organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over
605,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin
America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn
more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org,
find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth
and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare.

Contacts

AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Washington:
Jessica
Reinhart

Associate Director of Community Outreach for AHF
+1
(201) 725-1328 cell
Jessica.reinhart@aidshealth.org
or
Los
Angeles:

Ged Kenslea
Communications Director for AHF
+1
(323) 791-5526 cell
gedk@aidshealth.org