Increase in domestic funding on AIDS: UN report

July 19th, 2012 - 12:13 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, July 18 (IANS) Domestic funding on HIV has exceeded international investments in the last one year, a report by the UN AIDS said here Wednesday.

The report observed that over 80 countries increased their domestic investments on HIV-AIDS by over 50 percent between 2006 and 2011.

“Low and middle-income countries invested 8.6 billion dollars for the response in 2011, an increase of 11 percent over 2010. International funding, however, remained flat at 2008 levels ($8.2 billion),” the report titled ‘Together we will end AIDS’ stated.

The report also mentions the increase in spending in African countries, home to over 22 million HIV positive people.

“As economies in low and middle-income countries grow, domestic public investments for AIDS have also grown. Domestic public spending in sub-Saharan Africa (not including South Africa) increased by 97 percent over the last five years,” the report said.

“South Africa already spends more than 80 percent from domestic sources and has quadrupled its domestic investments between 2006 and 2011,” it added.

Shifting the picture to BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), the report also highlights India’s commitment for domestic funding in absence of global donors.

“BRICS increased domestic public spending on HIV by more than 120 percent between 2006 and 2011. BRICS countries now fund, on average, more than 75 percent of their domestic AIDS responses,” it stated.

“India, too, has committed to increase domestic funding to more than 90 percent in its next phase of the AIDS response,” it noted.

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