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From the very outset of the global AIDS epidemic, resources have been a problem. There is never enough money — despite solemn promises by the G8 — to address treatment, prevention and care, and in some instances, when large sums are given, they are strangled by conditionality.
It is impossible to talk about AIDS without talking about money. Money buys treatment; treatment prolongs life. Money buys access to care and support. Yet, just when treatment needs to be scaled up, just when standards have been changed to acknowledge that people in rich and poor countries deserve the same treatment options, just as promising new studies have shown that women-controlled prevention methods are possible, world economies are suffering and governments are using this as an illegitimate excuse to pull back on funding.
Without money, there will be no end to the pandemic or the conditions that support it — conditions such as entrenched sexism and disregard for women. Despite endless talk of gender equity and the importance of women’s issues, nobody has ever measured what it would cost to end gender discrimination. AIDS-Free World started a discussion on this at the 2010 International AIDS conference, and we plan to pursue it as an essential first step in solving a problem that is NOT intractable.
AIDS-Free World follows the processes and politics of AIDS funding, and looks at what’s working and what isn’t. In addition to speaking out about the need for more effective funding, including generating money from within developing countries themselves, we explore complicated questions such as who has control of funding decisions, who sets priorities, and who is accountable.