Experts At AIDS 2018 Discuss Funding Gap, Future HIV/AIDS Progress

aidsmap: Donor funding for HIV stalls, increasing pressure on high-burden countries to mobilize domestic resources
“… At a press conference, Jennifer Kates of the Kaiser Family Foundation presented data from their recent joint report with UNAIDS alongside three further studies showing that overall funding by donor governments has largely stalled, with eight out of 14 governments reducing their global spend on HIV efforts in 2017. A rise in overall funding from 2016-17 was due to changed timings in U.S. spending and not expected to be replicated in future. ‘We are in a different age of financing,’ she concluded, ‘There is no significant new funding’…” (Power, 7/25).

Newsday: Funding gaps threaten HIV, AIDS fight
“…Speaking during the opening ceremony, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel SidibĂ© said there was need to close the funding gaps. ‘Like you, I worry about the funding gap. There is a persistent 20 percent gap between what is needed and what is available. We know small cuts can have big consequences. A fully funded AIDS response is non-negotiable,’ he said…” (7/27).

Globe and Mail: HIV-reduction targets looking increasingly like an unattainable dream
“… ‘We are not on track to end the HIV epidemic,’ Dr. Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, told more than 15,000 delegates to the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam on Thursday. ‘We’ve made tremendous progress, but the discourse on ending AIDS has bred a dangerous complacency,’ he said. … ‘There’s a $6 billion gap between what’s needed and where we are,’ said Dr. Jennifer Kates, director of global health & HIV policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation. ‘It’s not clear how it will be made-up in the short-term’…” (Picard, 7/26).

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