HIV and AIDS spending in 2015 lowest in 5 years

By Alaysa Escandor, Patricia Sarmenta 01 December 2016

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The global development community has made great strides in developing effective and affordable treatment for HIV/AIDS. Over 18 million people, or about half of the 36 million individuals living with HIV worldwide, are now accessing antiretroviral therapy. Sustained antiretroviral therapy and treatment enables people living with HIV to live longer and healthier lives.

Achieving that milestone would not have been possible without significant pledges from international donors. According to UNAIDS estimates, $26.2 billion is needed by 2020 to meet global HIV targets and end AIDS as a global public health threat by 2030.

While combatting HIV/AIDS remains a high priority of international donors, donor funding fell for the first time in five years in 2015, dropping by 8 percent from 2014. According to a joint report from UNAIDS and the Kaiser Family Foundation, the decline can be traced to overall foreign aid budget cuts. Contributions decreased for 13 out of 14 donor governments. The European Commission was the only donor that did not decrease spending.

The report provides the latest available data on donor funding disbursements to HIV/AIDS, including bilateral assistance to low- and middle-income countries and contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as well as UNITAID, an HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria drug purchase facility supported by member-levied airline taxes.

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About the authors

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Alaysa Escandor

Alaysa Escandor is a development analyst based in Manila, Philippines. She covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues since 2009. She was a fellow at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism. Her interests include humanitarian and development aid, health and gender.

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Patricia Sarmenta

Patricia Sarmenta is a development analyst at Devex’ surveys and advisory services team. She contributes to custom research projects and surveys commissioned by leading companies and development institutions. Patricia has a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of the Philippines, as well as degrees in sociology, global politics and cultural heritage from Ateneo de Manila University.

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