Global Fund calls for increased AIDS funding

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 08 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:533
  1. Peter Mozynski
  1. London

    As heads of state and government prepare for the upcoming 2005 World Summit in New York on 14-16 September, marking the 60th anniversary of the United Nations, there are concerns that many of the millennium development goals are seriously off track, especially those concerned with reversing the spread of HIV and AIDS.

    The UN Human Development Report Office released preliminary figures in June projecting that the UN millennium development goals will be missed by a wide margin in Africa (BMJ 2005;330: 1350, 11 Jun).

    Last week, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria held a conference in London, chaired by the UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, and hosted by the United Kingdom's international development secretary, Hilary Benn.

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    Children in Uganda—where the Global Fund recently suspended funding—learn of the risk of HIV/AIDS

    Credit: WHO

    Announcing a shortfall of £1.6bn ($2.9bn; €2.4bn) for 2006 and £2.3bn for 2007, a spokesman said, “Donor governments need to at least double their contributions in order to close the gap between what is pledged and what is actually needed to ensure the Global Fund is effective.”

    The G8 meeting in July at Gleneagles in Scotland committed to getting “as close as possible to universal access to HIV/AIDS treatment for all who need it by 2010” and called for improved health systems in Africa and also for the replenishment of the Global Fund.

    Paul Somerfield of TB Alert told the BMJ, “Last week African health ministers declared [tuberculosis] to be a continental emergency; HIV and Malaria already are. Given the terrible interaction between [tuberculosis] and HIV, the work of the Global Fund is more crucial than ever and requires sufficient funding.”

    The Stop Aids Campaign, a UK consortium of charities on AIDS and international development, commented that “the Global Fund obtains virtually all of its money from donor countries. Additional money should be new money, not funding from other health or development budgets. If we are to achieve universal access to treatment by 2010, at a minimum the Global Fund must meet its fundraising targets.”

    UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, estimates a total funding gap of $18bn between the resources available for all HIV and AIDS efforts and those needed for 2005-7.

    According to the charity Action Aid, “The World Summit presents an opportunity for all member states to commit to universal AIDS treatment by 2010.”

    The Global Fund has said that it plans to lift its suspension of activities in Uganda next month (BMJ 2005;331: 475, 3 Sep) after a reorganisation of the country's HIV programme and the installation of outside auditors.

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