Global AIDS Fund Asks Caribbean to Slash $56 Million Proposal
February 20, 2003
The cash-strapped Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria has asked that the Caribbean slash its $56 million proposal to battle AIDS in 15 island nations, officials said Tuesday. "Our proposal was rated as technically sound but they wanted us to down-size the budget," said Edward Greene, assistant secretary general for human and social development in the Caribbean Community (Caricom). The Caribbean's budget could be reduced to $30 million, according to a senior official in Greene's department, in spite of having one of the world's highest rates of HIV infection. The Global Fund has essentially run out of cash after donors failed to fully fund the projected $10 billion a year needed. So far, the independent Global Fund has raised only $2.2 billion.Adapted from:
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