G8 Nations to Meet in New York to Discuss Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria

Next week in New York, the G8 nations will hold a meeting to discuss how much money should be earmarked for the Global Fund to deal with AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

According to activists and NGOs, around $20 billion grant is required to uphold the present programs. It is estimated that this time the nations will contribute less as compared to last time.

Vuyiseka Dubula, who is the General Secretary of South Africa's Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), expressed concerns about the donor funding levels. She said that the main worry is that the donor nations are not so enthusiastic this time to provide sufficient funds.

On Friday, the UN agencies gave indications that the world may miss the 2010-end deadline for `universal' access to HIV/AIDS care and treatment.

The World Health Organisation, UNAIDS, and UNICEF in a joint statement said the target is to provide access to prevention, treatment, and care to almost 80% of the HIV positive population.

It is found that only eight middle- to low-income countries, which include Cambodia, Cuba, and Rwanda, managed to achieve the treatment target by the end of the year 2009.

Dubula said South Africa has `the biggest HIV program in the world' and the effects of smaller donations will adversely affect South Africa the most.