The problem is clear: Global funding to fight the HIV epidemic is decreasing, but the need is not. Although donors have pledged nearly $13 billion to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria over the next three years, more than $19 billion will be needed in 2017, reports The Guardian.
To discuss cost-effective ways to stretch AIDS funding, The Guardian hosted a panel discussion as part of its Global Development Professionals network. You can read the entire discussion in the comments section here.
In a separate article about the panel, the newspaper summarizes nine suggestions with regard to increasing the fight against HIV with limited funds. They include:
- Protect and promote human rights
- Make drugs cheaper
- Support LGBT groups
- Support adherence to HIV meds
- Integrate HIV into health sectors
- Collect and spend taxes on health
- Integrate HIV and water and sanitation programmes
- Coordinate responses
- Push for more funding.
For more details about each item, including which expert suggested it, click here.