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‘Aligned And Targeted’ Funding From Governments, Private Philanthropies Essential To Reaching AIDS-Related SDG Target

Huffington Post: Private Philanthropy is Critical to Ushering in the End of AIDS
John Barnes, executive director of Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA)

“…The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target 2030 as the deadline for ending AIDS as a public health threat. … Of significant concern is that funding for HIV and AIDS is flat lining. In some cases, it is even decreasing. According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation/UNAIDS report, donor government funding to support HIV efforts in low- and middle-income countries fell for the first time in five years, from US$8.6 billion in 2014 to US$7.5 billion in 2015. This is a worrisome trend to say the least; achieving the SDG goal of ending AIDS as a public health threat is not feasible without adequate funding. … In addition to donor governments, private sector dollars have greatly contributed to progress in HIV and AIDS. … For the past 14 years, Funders Concerned About AIDS has been tracking the field of HIV-related philanthropy, in particular, through our signature report, Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS. … Funding must be aligned and targeted. It must be allocated for: evidence-based interventions in the treatment and prevention of HIV infection; for advocacy, research, and the exploration of new methods to hasten the end of AIDS; and to address social inequities, health disparities, and human rights abuses that fuel the spread the epidemic. With adequate resources, directed to where they are needed most we will reach our goal…” (9/14).