Canada to Contribute $72M to WHO 3 by 5 Initiative; Pledge Doubles Total Amount of Funding
May 11, 2004
Canada on Monday pledged $72 million to the World Health Organization's 3 by 5 Initiative, doubling the total amount of money pledged so far for the program, the Boston Globe reports (Donnelly, Boston Globe, 5/11). The 3 by 5 Initiative aims to provide antiretroviral drugs to three million HIV-positive people worldwide by 2005. The plan also calls for training 100,000 health care workers, refocusing 10,000 clinics in developing countries to treat HIV/AIDS and using common antiretroviral drug combinations to treat people. However, the plan does not provide the drugs or subsidize their cost (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 3/12). WHO's $5.5 billion plan needs $200 million in funding over the next two years (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 3/4). Even with Canada's contribution, funding for the initiative remains $70 million short of what is needed to fulfill the goals of the program by the end of next year, according to the Globe (Boston Globe, 5/11). U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa Stephen Lewis said that the agency thus far has "pull[ed] together" roughly $60 million from "its own sources" and a $7 million contribution from the British government, according to Toronto's Globe and Mail.
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