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Experts Call for Rethinking AIDS Money

This week’s KaiserNetwork report just hit the two hottest topics for me on HIV right now: male circumcision (Rwanda now has a formal program) and the flattening of vertical HIV funds into primary care, 30 years after the Alma Atta conference had called for a universal primary care package.

“In the two decades since AIDS began sweeping the globe, it has often been labeled as the biggest threat to international health. But with revised numbers downsizing the pandemic — along with an admission that AIDS peaked in the late 1990s — some AIDS experts are now wondering if it might be wise to shift some of the billions of dollars of AIDS money to basic health problems like clean water, family planning or diarrhea.”

“If we look at the data objectively, we are spending too much on AIDS,” said Dr. Malcolm Potts, an AIDS expert at the University of California, Berkeley, who once worked with prostitutes on the front lines of the epidemic in Ghana.

Read the full story at the KFF.

P.S. The CGD blog (Is donor spending on AIDS a “Gross Misallocation of Resources”?) highlights findings from a recent paper on global health funding for HIV, population, infectious disease control, and broad health sector support. Two key points:

  • donor support for AIDS has grown from around 5% of total health commitments in 1992-3 to about 30% in 2003-5, a six-fold increase of AIDS’ share, but
  • funding for general health sector support is the fastest rising category in absolute terms in the years 2003-5

Written by Ben

January 24, 2008 at 11:00 pm

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  1. You’re right, sanitation is a foundation for healthy populations. The British Medical Journal identified sanitation as the top innovation in the past 150 years.


    January 26, 2008 at 3:02 am

  2. Correct me if I`m wrong, but the basic health issues like clean water are the main factors which the lack of these supports the spread of different infections. The AIDS will always remain as the main health problem throughout the world and we should sacrifice as much money on it as we can but we should keep an eye on the details as well . I`m a Toronto realtor and I try to speak up whenever I can for sanitation. This is the first thing we need to develop in countries which are in the most desperate situation.

    Toronto neighbourhoods

    January 25, 2008 at 7:43 am

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