Ramifications of a Retreat on HIV/AIDS

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A new report out today from Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) highlights concerns that donor countries’ commitment to combating the deadly HIV/AIDS epidemic is wavering.

“MSF teams working to treat HIV/AIDS are witnessing worrying signs of waning international support to combat HIV/AIDS,” the report says. “In some high-burden countries, patients are being turned away from clinics, and clinicians are once again being forced into the unacceptable position of rationing life-saving treatment. At the same time, more robust and better-tolerated treatments – widely prescribed in wealthy countries – are not reaching patients.”

The report, called “Punishing Success: Early Signs of a Retreat from Commitment to HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment,” says that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Board is considering a move to cancel Round 10 funding for 2010, which would mean no new grant proposals could be considered until 2011. The document also says that the Obama Administration plans to provide only level funding for the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for the next two years.

Both these moves would have dire consequences, the report says, putting at risk the gains made in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention. Click here to read the full document, which calls on the donor community to provide robust funding for AIDS, among other recommendations.

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