HIV/AIDS Experts Considering Whether to Shift HIV/AIDS Funding to Basic Health Problems, AP/Google.com Reports
January 23, 2008
Some HIV/AIDS experts are considering whether it would be "wise" to shift some of the global funding for HIV/AIDS to basic health problems -- such as clean water, family planning or diarrhea -- facing developing countries, the AP/Google.com reports.
Some HIV/AIDS experts have said reducing spending on HIV/AIDS programs would be dangerous, the AP/Google.com reports. Kevin DeCock, director of the HIV/AIDS programs for the World Health Organization, said the international community "cannot let the pendulum swing back to a time when we didn't spend a lot on AIDS," adding that "millions of people" are receiving treatment for HIV/AIDS and "we can't just stop that." Although HIV/AIDS advocacy includes celebrity ambassadors, no one is "beating the drum for basic health problems," according to Daniel Halperin, an HIV/AIDS researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health.
According to the AP/Google.com, many HIV/AIDS experts believe the solution is to increase spending for other public health problems rather than reduce spending on HIV/AIDS. "Why does the public health budget have to be so limited?" Tom Coates, a professor of global HIV/AIDS research at the University of California-Los Angeles, asked, adding, "Let's not drag AIDS care and prevention down to the level of every other disease, but let's bring everything else up to the level of AIDS." Richard Wamai, a Kenyan physician from HSPH, "It's hard to get Western donors to listen," adding that some health infrastructures in Africa are so weak that donations cannot be spent and antiretroviral drugs cannot be distributed (Cheng, AP/Google.com, 1/19).
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