U.K. Development Aid Funding for Global HIV/AIDS Often Fails to Reach Target Populations, Committee Report Says
April 7, 2005
HIV/AIDS funding disbursed through the U.K. Department for International Development often does not reach the populations that need it the most, and the department's strategy to fight HIV/AIDS on a global scale "lack[s] clarity," according to a report released on Wednesday by the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts, BBC News reports. The report, titled "Department for International Development: responding to HIV/AIDS," says that DFID spent more than $500 million on HIV/AIDS in 2002-2003 and has promised approximately $2.8 billion over the next three years, making the United Kingdom the second largest donor country of HIV/AIDS funding worldwide. However, much of the money given to global organizations is not being spent on fighting the disease, according to the report. In 2002-2003, only 4% of the department's budget allocated to multilateral bodies went to fight HIV/AIDS, the report says (BBC News, 4/5). The report says that DFID's overall response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic has been "slow" and concluded that the department's strategy for fighting the disease is "unclear" in many areas, including the balance between development and humanitarian aspects of the pandemic, London's Daily Mail reports.
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