Too much money for HIV/AIDS?

Some voices around the world have called attention to the high budgets dedicated to the fight against HIV/AIDS, to the detriment of efforts to fight other diseases.

The figures are not insignificant. About US$10 billion is currently allocated to the fight against HIV/AIDS in low- and middle-income countries worldwide, says the journalist Jon Cohen, speaking at a journalist training session organised by the National Press Foundation (1 August).

Craig McClure, executive director of the International AIDS Society, which organises the International AIDS conference, defended the high budgets.

“The AIDS movement has had a global impact on the health”, he said.

The issue should be raised again at when the International AIDS Conference starts today (3 August) in Mexico City.

Luisa Massarani, SciDev.Net/Latin America and the Caribbean

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