US considers doubling AIDS funding plan to $30bn:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has welcomed US proposals to extend the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for a further five years, doubling the fund to $30bn. The timing is seen as particularly important as setting an international funding commitment standard ahead of the G8 summit. Only 2.2 million of the 6 million people with AIDS in the developing world receive treatment, says the Global Fund. For the World Health Organization, however, there is a far greater diagnostic need that relies on intensifying community-wide screening, and has launched an initiative to tackle this.