Treatment Cost Savings Under PEPFAR Can Be Re-Invested to Increase ARV Reach
November 30, 2011
In this post in the "Health Affairs Blog," Matthew Kavanagh, director of U.S. policy and advocacy at Health Global Access Project (GAP), and Marguerite Thorp, a research assistant at Harvard Medical School, examine how HIV/AIDS treatment funding under PEPFAR has "fallen significantly since 2008 in both absolute dollars and as a portion of total budgets -- just at a pivotal moment when investment could change the course of the epidemic." They say that cost-savings due to declining antiretroviral (ARV) drug prices and efficiencies in programs have allowed PEPFAR to continue to scale up the number of people receiving treatment with a shrinking budget, and argue that those cost savings should be re-invested in ARV treatment programs to boost the number of "treatment slots" even higher (11/29).
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This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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