Increased funds available to fight AIDS in developing countries

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Resources to tackle the AIDS epidemic reached an all-time high in 2008, with funds available reaching nearly $8 billion (R65 billion) worldwide, according to a report by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
The actual resources available to combat the virus surged 56 % from 2007, reaching $7.7 billion (R63 billion), while commitments from developed countries climbed from $6.6 billion (R54 billion) in 2007 to $8.7 billion (R71 billion) last year.
The US provided the bulk of the funding at $4 billion (R32 billion), followed by the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Norway and Sweden, the new report – jointly issued by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-governmental organization NGO said.
Commitments and disbursements made by wealthier nations increased five-fold between 2002 and 2008, it found.
As a portion of a country`s GDP, the Netherlands contributes most to fighting AIDS, followed by the UK and the US.
But a press released issued by UNAIDS, the data in the new study was gathered before the acceleration of the current global and economic crisis, which could threaten future funding for the global effort to fight the epidemic.