Lives of AIDS patients in poor countries could be severely compromised if donors and rich nations continue reducing their funding commitments to AIDS programmes. This is according to an independent humanitarian agency, Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF).
MSF urges major donors not to ‘wipe out gains’ made by the roll out of anti-retrovirals (ARVs) by ‘retreating from their international funding commitments’.
In a report titled ‘Punishing success? Early Signs of a Retreat from Commitment to HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment’, MSF singled out the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as having reduced their funding commitments to the response to AIDS.
MSF policy advisor, Sharonann Lynch, argues that, “In 2008 alone, the Global Fund had to cut funds to already approved proposals by US$1.5 billion.”
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