Funding Shortage Hindering HIV/AIDS Programs in Burundi, IRIN/PlusNews Reports
October 28, 2008
HIV/AIDS programs in Burundi are unable to expand their services because of a shortage of government funding, IRIN/PlusNews reports. The National AIDS Control Council of Burundi said that in 2008, the government experienced an $11 million shortfall in the $28 million budget needed to address HIV/AIDS in the country. In addition, there was an $83 million shortage in funding needed to fulfill the national AIDS strategic plan from 2007 to 2011.
Nongovernmental organizations -- including the Association Nationale de soutien aux Seropositifs et Sideens, or ANSS -- have limited expansion efforts because of the shortfall. Jeanne Gapiya -- founder of ANSS, which provides antiretroviral treatment to more than 2,600 people -- said that the group cannot offer access to antiretroviral drugs to new patients. According to Gapiya, increased funding would enable ANSS to train and hire more doctors to "maintain the quality of service" the group provides.
Nicolas Demey, a media liaison for the Global Fund, said that the proposal will need to be endorsed by the Global Fund board before it is considered successful but added that Burundi should consider internal funding sources so HIV programs are less affected by external factors. According to IRIN/PlusNews, Burundi's HIV prevalence has increased from 3.5% in 2002 to 4.2% in 2008 (IRIN/PlusNews, 10/24).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.