International aid for India’s HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment initiatives is declining, according to the country’s health officials, citing decisions by several donors to tighten their budgets and shift focus to other health issues.
“Donor funding is reducing because of the meltdown. Also, from the global perspective, India is seen today as a global power that can now make contribution to other nations in need,” LiveMint.com quotes an official of India’s National AIDS Control Organization, who requested anonymity. “Apart from the World Bank, no donor has come forward to fund [India’s AIDS program] after 2012.”
India recently unveiled plans to create its own aid agency, to be dubbed the Indian Agency for Partnership in Development.
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