Study finds no significant change in donor funding for HIV

Between 2011 and 2012, there was no real change in donor funding to the AIDS epidemic, according to a report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The annual funding analysis, which the organizations reported on Monday, found that donor governments gave $7.86 billion toward the AIDS response in low- and middle-income countries in 2012. After adjusting for inflation, the number was essentially unchanged from the $7.63 billion distributed in 2011.

Donor government funding for HIV stayed at approximately the same level since 2008 after a period of more than six-fold growth in funding between 2002 and 2008.

"After years of sharp increases in donor government support which led to significant progress in the fight against the HIV epidemic, funding flattened after the worldwide recession and is likely to remain flat for the immediate future," Drew Altman, the president and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation, said.

The U.S. contributed $5 billion in 2012 toward the AIDS response and to the Global Fund, up slightly from the $4.5 billion given in 2011. Total assistance in 2012 increased from the U.S, Sweden, Japan, Canada and Australia and decreased from the U.K., the Netherlands, Ireland, France, Denmark and the European Commission. Contributions from Norway, Italy and Germany stayed constant in 2012.

"We are at a critical moment in the AIDS response," Luiz Loures, the deputy executive director for UNAIDS, said. "Scientific advances and new guidelines are providing opportunities to accelerate action and expand access to lifesaving HIV services. To take full advantage of these opportunities all efforts must be made to ensure the response to HIV is fully funded."