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HIV funding under threat

The Global Fund, the largest funding institution in the fight against HIV/AIDS faces a major funding shortfall. The US, the Netherlands and Ireland have already announced that they will be providing lower contributions to the Global Fund. In 2009-2010 contributions were reduced by 8 – 12 per cent.

18 Jul 2010

The Global Fund, the largest funding institution in the fight against HIV/AIDS faces a major funding shortfall. The US, the Netherlands and Ireland have already announced that they will be providing lower contributions to the Global Fund. In 2009-2010 contributions were reduced by 8 – 12 per cent.

Overall funding cuts have translated into a reduction in the number of people able to start ARV treatment. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo the number of new patients to start ARV treatment has been cut six-fold.

“If there is reduced funding then it will mean more people will die, and we will have more orphans. It will be the end. If there are no drugs there is no future” Catherine Mango, a HIV positive patient from Kenya said.

ARV treatment is lifesaving but is also life-long, resulting in increases of patient treatments each year.

“The HIV/AIDS crisis remains a massive emergency that requires an exceptional response. A renewed commitment by donors and national governments is needed so that this health crisis can be addressed appropriately.” Dr Mit Phillips, Health Policy Analyst for MSF said.


Published: 18 Jul 2010