United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on donor countries to increase funding for HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria programs on Monday. That kind of spending is a “true recovery package,” he said, according to a news digest from the Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report.
Ban said the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is facing a $4 billion funding gap for 2010. Funding programs aimed at fighting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria are a “smart investment,” Ban said in a video message to a meeting in Cacares, Spain, to call for support of United Nations efforts against the three diseases.
Ban also called on the international community to honor commitments made at the 2005 Group of Eight Industrial Nations summit in Gleneagles, Scotland.
Here’s more from Kaiser’s digest: “According to Ban, the Global Fund has committed more than $10 billion to programs in 140 countries since 2001. Global Fund programs have helped delay progression to AIDS in two million HIV-positive people, detect and treat 4.6 million TB cases, distribute 70 million insecticide-treated nets and administer 74 million malaria treatments, Ban said. He said that the Global Fund has “been a success” and has “saved millions of lives,” adding, “It is important that we replenish it” (Xinhuanet, 3/30). Ban added that TB efforts cost $16 billion annually in the lowest-income communities worldwide but that containing the disease would cost $4.2 billion annually. In addition, Africa spends $12 billion annually on malaria, but $3.4 billion would fund malaria prevention and treatment annually (UN News Service, 3/30).”