United Nations: Funding for Battles Against HIV/AIDS Falling Short of Need
June 27, 2003
Global spending to help fight HIV/AIDS in the world's poor nations is significantly short of what is needed to properly fight the disease, the UN said Thursday. In a study prepared for a UNAIDS meeting held this week in Geneva, the agency estimates more than $10.5 billion will be needed annually to fight AIDS programs in regions from Africa to Eastern Europe. This year's total estimated spending in poor countries is $4.7 billion. "Even with the recent increases in AIDS spending, the mismatch between need and funding continues to be one of the biggest obstacles in the struggle to control the epidemic," UNAIDS chief Peter Piot said in a statement. UNAIDS said by 2007, almost $15 billion will be needed. "We have come a long way in committing additional resources to fight HIV/AIDS, but much more still needs to be done," said Piot.Adapted from:
06.26.03; Jonathan Fowler
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