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Middle income countries need to “share the burden” of the fight against HIV and AIDS

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 30 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7765
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Middle income countries must increase the amount of money they spend on fighting AIDS and HIV, a senior figure from the World Health Organization has said, as WHO, UNAIDS, and Unicef released their annual progress report on the disease for world AIDS day on 1 December.

Gottfried Hirnschall, director of the HIV department at WHO, was talking to the BMJ a few days after the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced that it would be limiting its next round of funding only to essential treatment and prevention services (BMJ 2011;343:d7755, 29 Nov, doi:10.1136/bmj.d7755).

Dr Hirnschall described the fund’s announcement as “bad news.” But he added: “There is money out there. The question is: is the money spent on the right thing? We hope that all …

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