G8 Gets Pointed Message on HIV and Maternal Health

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A new story in the Globe and Mail notes that as the international donor community turns its attention toward maternal health, leaders do not seem to understand the connection to HIV.

“While the G8 is putting maternal health at the top of its agenda for next month’s summit, fears are growing that the club of wealthy nations is neglecting one of the biggest killers of women: AIDS,” the Globe story reports.

“What’s being proposed is to take resources from HIV and give them to maternal health, but you cannot separate the two, because it’s the same patient,” said Mit Philips, health policy analyst at Médecins Sans Frontières.

“Donors seem to be losing interest in the fight against AIDS,” she said. “There are early, but clear, signs of donor retreat. We’re extremely worried by this. We already have a huge treatment gap, and this will only widen the gap.”

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