Medical Aid Group Warns of Waning Support for AIDS Treatment Scale-Up
November 6, 2009
In a new report, Doctors Without Borders (DWB) is warning of a "major funding deficit and a looming crisis" in AIDS funding. On Thursday in Johannesburg, South Africa, the report's author spoke about the problem.
Lynch said the directors of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria will meet next week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and are "going to be voting on a resolution to suspend new funding rounds in 2010 due to the lack of funds. We've also seen that the Global Fund has been forced to make substantial cuts in grants for proposals that had already been approved."
Officials with the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) stress that while this year's funding increase may be below that of years past, the Obama administration remains committed to fighting the epidemic. They say that PEPFAR, in addition to helping 3 million people access antiretrovirals, also provides other assistance to more than 10 million people affected by AIDS and "supports HIV counseling and testing for nearly 57 million people."
To access the DWB report, click here.
Voice of America News
11.05.2009; Joe De Capua
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