UK Commits More Funding for Global AIDS Fight

The British government will increase its financial support to the global fight against AIDS following the completion of the aid budget review, U.K. aid chief Andrew Mitchell said.

Asked why AIDS funding was omitted from the Department for International Development’s draft structural reform plan released in July, Mitchell said: “Without compromising the review I can tell you that the Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] is coming out of it extremely well. When the reviews of bilateral and multilateral aid are published in the new year you’ll see our absolute commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS will be clear and indisputable.”

The U.K. is also “fully signed up” to help wipe out HIV transmission from mother to child by 2013, Mitchell told Anne Aslett, director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, at a private meeting this week, as reported by The Independent.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.