Global HIV/AIDS Funding Outlook

By Katie Coester | April 28, 2014

In July 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued new HIV care and treatment guidelines, which include recommendations to increase the number of children and adults who are eligible for lifesaving HIV treatment.

With more people now starting on treatment, U.S. funding for global HIV/AIDS programming through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria is critical to delivering that treatment to the people who need it most.

The WHO estimates that a small increase in global HIV/AIDS funding—as  little as 10 percent—could make it possible to reach all those who need HIV treatment. However, in President Obama’s FY2015 budget there is a $300 million cut to global HIV/AIDS.

Foreign aid is less than 1 percent of the total federal budget with global health outreach comprising an even smaller percentage. Yet these programs continue to be a target for cuts even as momentum and support for ending the AIDS epidemic grows.

Our attention now turns to Congress in asking them to sustain global AIDS funding. And you can help—write to your members of Congress today and ask them to prioritize global AIDS.

This month’s Visualizing Health Policy infographic from the Journal of American Medical Association offers a succinct snapshot of global health funding, check it out!

 

 

 

 

Katie Coester is EGPAF’s senior public policy officer, based in Washington, D.C.