AFAO says more funds needed to fight global AIDS pandemic
The federal government has announced an increase of $200 million in funding over the next three years to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. However the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) says more needs to be done and more funds raised if we are to achieve better health outcomes for people in impoverished nations living with HIV.
AFAO Executive Director Rob Lake said he looked forward to further funding as Foreign Minister Bishop’s announcement would trigger matching pledges of $2 for every $1 by the US and UK. Lake said that the Global Fund has provided vital testing kits for HIV/ AIDS to 38 million people around the world in the past decade.
“It is great that our new federal government recognises the significance and effectiveness of the work of The Global Fund. It is aid money very well spent and in terms of the HIV pandemic, it has contributed very strongly to protecting very vulnerable people right around the world.”