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Donor Funding For HIV/AIDS ‘Essentially Remained Flat Since 2008,’ Devex Reports

“[A] joint report from UNAIDS and the Kaiser Family Foundation reveals donor contributions to HIV and AIDS have essentially remained flat since 2008,” Devex reports. “The report also notes that total HIV and AIDS commitments among major donor countries decreased in 2012 — governments pledged to provide $8.8 billion in funding to the sector in 2011 and $8.3 billion last year — which could portend the start of a downward trend in contributions,” the news service continues. “[D]ecreased funding could slow down the progress made toward reducing new incidences of HIV and increasing access to information systems, treatment and care,” Devex writes, noting “[a] UNAIDS report released a day ahead of the general debates at the U.N. General Assembly … [shows n]ew HIV infections among children and adults have fallen 33 percent since 2001, while increased access to antiretroviral treatment has resulted in a 30 percent drop in AIDS-related deaths since 2005.” Currently, “growing domestic spending on HIV and AIDS is helping to bridge the funding gap for the sector,” the news service continues, adding, “Total funding for HIV and AIDS in 2012 reached $18.9 billion, 53 percent of which came from domestic resources. Annual funding to meet [the Millennium Development Goal on HIV/AIDS] is estimated to be between $22 billion and $24 billion” (Ocampo, 9/30).