Commentary & Opinion
HIV/AIDS Funding "Must Continue" but Other Diseases Should Not Be Neglected, Editorial Says
December 17, 2008
The fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic "is far from won," with about 33 million people living with HIV worldwide and new cases each year that are "outpac[ing] the world's ability to provide additional treatment," a Columbus Dispatch editorial says. It adds that international health experts "ought to debate whether the cause of HIV and AIDS is getting the appropriate level of funding and attention, especially in relation to other health threats." A May 2008 British Medical Journal column by researcher Roger England "makes several compelling points" and "argues that AIDS has become a behemoth of a cause that soaks up a disproportionate amount of money and attention to the detriment of efforts to combat other illnesses," the editorial says, adding that England also argues that "as long as the international community continues to support HIV programs on such massive scale in those hardest-hit countries, those countries have no incentive to help their own people."
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.