International donations to global fight against AIDS fall for first time

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 19 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5342
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

Funds given by donor countries to the global fight against AIDS dropped by 10% last year in the first fall in funding since dedicated donations began, says research from the Kaiser Family Foundation and UNAIDS.

The 15 major donors for HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support in developing countries gave $6.9bn (£4.2bn; €4.8bn) in 2010, down by $740m compared with 2009.

In some cases this was due to budget cuts—seven of the countries studied (Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the US) reduced their financial support for the global AIDS response. Italy pledged some $100m but only gave $11.4m, ranking bottom among the major donor countries.

The largest part of the …

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