Aids funding cuts will affect millions

2011-11-28 21:40

Johannesburg - A $1.6bn cut in funding for Aids treatment could affect millions of people as donors failed to meet commitments to the Global Fund, campaigners said on Monday.

The Global Fund last week said it would not bankroll new Aids treatment projects until 2014 because the world financial crisis forced donor countries to cut spending.

But a civil society coalition including groups like aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and the Treatment Action Campaign accused rich nations of using the crisis as an excuse.

"This is not an issue of funding. It comes down to broken promises," said Daygan Eager, of the Budget Expenditure Monitoring Forum, which campaigns for Aids funding in southern Africa.

"In a crisis, donating to the Global Fund is not good politics," Eager told a press conference in Johannesburg.

The Global Fund is the world's largest multilateral funder of Aids, tuberculosis and malaria treatment.

It has financed 70% of antiretroviral drugs in the developing world and is one of the major funders of medicine in sub-Saharan Africa, home to two thirds of all people living with Aids.

"The more we treat people, the fewer infections we will have," said Eric Goemaere, South Africa medical officer at MSF (Doctors without Borders).

"Unfortunately the political message today is to treat less people."

  • BA - 2011-11-28 21:55

    I thought SA economy is in such good health now they complain about reduced handouts for medical care?

      Neil - 2011-11-28 22:12

      Does the Western world actually expect Zuma and co to use money from their own tax collection on their citizens and the issues their banana republic government has failed to address? But that money is for parties, fast cars and new plains.

      BA - 2011-11-28 22:15

      I think the Western world actually couldn't care less about Africa in general. These types of donations are just to score political browny points. But anyway, Africa is now left to own devices and that means only one thing ...

      OzzyInSA - 2011-11-28 23:40

      BA, do you know how much money 'western' countries pour into Africa? Fact remains AIDS is a virus and to this day medicine/scientists have NEVER found a cure for any virus. I am sick and tired of people funding/trying to find a cure for AIDS when those that have been infected are the problem. Do you know that if that the same amount of funds was put towards finding cancer cures, that the world would be rid of cancer? Meanwhile we keep funding cures for AIDS for people that cannot protect themselves.

      Christopher Collings - 2011-11-29 00:56

      Have 2 agree with Ozzy, billions are pumped into aid relief for Africa from the West. Perhaps its time 2 close the tap as we all know that not all the money meant for relief actually gets 2 where it needs 2 be.

  • Bokfan - 2011-11-28 22:05

    Time to get really angry with the Celes, Roux Shabangus, Shabir Shaiks Mac maharajs and other get rich quick criminals in the anc.

      Bokfan - 2011-11-28 22:06

      Not to mention the Malemas, Cassel Motales and that thug ruining Mpumalanga

      Jack - 2011-11-28 22:33

      Well, now the funeral parlours are in for the money again. I doubt they will sponsor the shortfall envisaged.

  • Alfred - 2011-11-28 22:10

    No more "gibsmedats"? Well before the usual suspects start cursing the "evil west" maybe they should have a look at this:

      my10cent - 2011-11-29 08:46

      Thanx for the link, Alfred. The REAL stats are scary and devastating, to say the least.

  • alainheidtmann - 2011-11-28 23:39

    Well if people with aids would stop having sex then there wouldn't be a need for hiv/aids funding!!!

      Dorothea - 2011-11-29 08:46

      they dont have to STOP, they just have to be careful and consider protection.

  • Dorothea - 2011-11-29 07:26

    Perhaps it is time for Africans to grow up and stop sh@gging like rabbits. WHY must the world continue to prop up Africa? Flip, Africans want to be treated as equals - perhaps they should start to realise that this is a two way street.

  • ludlowdj - 2011-11-29 09:23

    90% of all AIDS cases are self inflicted, with the world still in the 2 years depression with no end in sight, funds for this and other life threatening diseases will continue to decrease for the foreseeable future. In fact I believe it is safe to say that within 12 months there will be no financial aid of any sort forthcoming for treatment of any diseases.

  • Erena - 2011-11-29 20:16

    YOU WILL ALL SING A DIFFERENT TUNE IF IT WAS YOUR LITTLE CHILD OR YOUR MOM THAT HAS hiv/aids It is a terrible illness no matter how you contracted it.

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