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Funding for HIV/AIDS needs to double to ensure universal access to drugs

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b583 (Published 11 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b583
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    A global investment of $25bn (£17bn; €19bn) will be needed in 2010—nearly double the $13.7bn provided in 2008—to meet targets for universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care, and support, according to the joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS).

    Michel Sidibé, the new executive director of UNAIDS, acknowledged that it would not be easy to close the funding gap but insisted that it was “achievable and absolutely necessary if we are to accelerate the pace of the response to the AIDS epidemic.”

    Speaking from the township of Khayelitsha on the outskirts of Cape …

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