UNAIDS/Kaiser Family Foundation Report Showing Drop In Donor Government Funding For AIDS Prompts Increased Calls For Action From Advocates, Others

The Economist: The 21st International AIDS Conference: Rallying the troops
“…A report published on July 15th by the Kaiser Family Foundation, an American charity, in conjunction with UNAIDS, showed that in 2015, for only the second time since 2002, international aid for AIDS was down … That made for a gloomy backdrop to the AIDS conference’s return to Durban. But it also gave urgency to two main themes — prevention and cure. … [D]espite the lack of money and the plateauing of infection rates, the progress that has been made since 2000 against something unknown to medical science 36 years ago is impressive. With the new tools now available, and with but a little more willpower, AIDS can surely be beaten” (7/23).

Eyewitness News: TAC slams global governments over HIV/AIDS funding cuts
“The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has accused governments across the globe of not doing enough to address HIV/AIDS. The group has made reference to recent data published by UNAIDS showing that donor governments have reduced funding for programs to combat the pandemic in low- and middle-income countries. The International AIDS Conference being held in Durban enters its third day…” (Rahlaga, 7/20).

Times of India: 13% decline in global HIV funds, NACO says all’s well.
“Global funding to fight HIV in lower- and middle-income nations declined for the first time in five years by a whopping 13 percent in 2015, according to a joint report by the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Kaiser Family Foundation … The decrease in allotment from $8.6 billion in 2014 to $7.5 billion in 2016 by wealthy donor nations has alarmed anti-HIV crusaders, who caution that it will cripple research and rob millions of their access to treatment and prevention…” (Royl, 7/20).

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