Since its launch, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria has given China nearly $1 billion in grants. Despite this, few countries forced to compete for health grants with the world's second-largest economic power have voiced any opposition, according to Jack Chow. A former U.S. ambassador on global HIV/AIDS, Chow was the lead U.S. negotiator in the founding of the fund; his essay appeared in Foreign Policy magazine. View Full Article
Although it is an economic powerhouse, China's low per capita income allows it to compete for grants with countries like Bolivia, Cameroon, and India, Chow said. China's aggregate award from the fund is nearly three times larger than that given to South Africa -- one of the countries most affected by the diseases, Chow wrote.
Comment by: Jon L.
Wed., Aug. 11, 2010 at 3:21 am EDT
Jack Chow's article is interesting. On one important point he is wrong, though. Because the Global Fund so far has had enough resources to finance every proposal that has been recommended for funding, no country has "lost out" because of the funding to China. He also fails to point out how important the funding from the Global Fund has been to support civil society in China and how it has led to radically new and improved ways of fighting the epidemic. Finally, although the vivax variety of malaria is less deadly than that found in most of Africa, it still remains a large public health problem. The smart way forward is surely not to cut China off from funding it is eligible to receive, but instead to engage China to gradually become a significant donor as well as recipient of funds, similar to other lower middle-income countries.
Jon Liden, Director of Communications, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
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