A Pullback on Global AIDS Would Have Dire Consequences

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Here’s an exclamation point for the end of the IAS Conference: “You can’t make phony choices between life and death. You have to find money.”

That statement came from Hoosen Coovadia, Victor Daitz Professor for HIV/AIDS research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, in an Inter Press News Service story about the consequences of a global pullback on AIDS funding. The story pulls together many pieces of an emerging crisis in funding for HIV/AIDS programs in the developing world and spells out the consequences all to clearly: more preventable deaths, increased drug-resistance, and a greater economic costs in the long-term. Click here to read it.

Also today, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a report tracking spending on global health. The report, available here, showed that between 2006 and 2007, donor country spending on development assistance for health increased from $19.5 billion to $22.1 billion, the slowest rate of growth since 2003.  KFF notes that the numbers reflect “decisions made prior to the current global economic crises, which could threaten donor support for sustaining and building on global health efforts.”

The report was released at a briefing, co-sponsored with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, on the outcomes of the G-8 summit and its implications for global health. A webcast of the briefing can be found here.

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