NN: AIDS funding discussions

AIDS funding is justified, say activists, IRIN/PlusNews (Aug. 4)

Calls for less spending on HIV and AIDS are unwarranted, because the pandemic remains an emergency that needs continued effort and funding, speakers at the 17th International AIDS Conference in Mexico City have said.” […]

There has been a backlash in recent months against the amount of health funding directed towards AIDS. An February article in the British Medical Journal, Roger England of Health Systems Workshop, a health-policy charity, pointed out that the epidemic receives about a quarter of global health aid but constitutes only five percent of the disease burden in low- and middle-income countries.

In 2007, US$10 billion was spent on the global AIDS response, but UNAIDS estimated that an additional US$8.1 billion was needed.

“There is a false idea that AIDS is getting too much money, which could be hurting other health efforts,” commented Pedro Cahn, president of the International AIDS Society, which organised the conference. “In fact, the opposite is true – in countries where HIV services are provided, there has been a general improvement in treatment of tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections and other illnesses.

Seizing the Opportunity on AIDS and Health Systems, Center for Global Development (Aug. 4)
“Donors spend billions of dollars to fight HIV/AIDS in developing countries, but poor integration between donors and host country health systems risks undermining international efforts to prevent and treat AIDS. In this analysis, CGD’s HIV/AIDS Monitor argues that donors need to pay more attention to their overall effect on health systems.”  This is a 72-page publication — the CGD website has a summary, as well as a link to a downloadable PDF.

World Bank Spends Over $1.6 Billion to Fight Aids in Africa, Daily Trust (via allAfrica.com) (Aug. 5)
“About $1.6 billion has been provided by the World Bank since 2000 to fight HIV/AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan African, a report from the bank said yesterday.”

Spain Announces $15.9 Million Donation to UNAIDS, Kaiser Network (Aug. 5)
“Spain’s First Vice President Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega on Sunday during her speech at the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City announced her country’s contribution of 10.2 million euros, or $15.9 million, to UNAIDS, BBC News/RedOrbit reports. Of that amount, three million euros, or $4.7 million, will be set aside to support the activities of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and 1.5 million euros, or $2.3 million, will go to the International Partnership for Microbicides.”

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~ by h.e.g. on August 5, 2008.

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