Monday July 23, 2012
As growing evidence attests to the impact of the global economic crisis on development aid, it has become more important to allocate and utilize development assistance as efficiently and effectively as possible. Governments, development agencies, civil society organizations, communities of people living with HIV/AIDS, and others need the best evidence and knowledge available to make development dollars go further.
As part of the XIX International AIDS Conference, held in Washington, D.C., from July 22-27, 2012, the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/PEPFAR and The Lancet co-hosted a debate on global health funding allocations for HIV/AIDS, on Monday, July 23, 2012 at World Bank headquarters.
The event featured a panel of renowned thought leaders in HIV/AIDS and development economics, who debated for and against the motion: “Continued AIDS investments by donors and governments is a sound investment, even in a resource-constrained environment.”
- Jim Yong Kim | President, World Bank Group (opening remarks)
- Rajiv Shah | Administrator, USAID (opening remarks)
- Festus Mogae | Former President of Botswana (opening remarks)
- Richard Horton | Editor, The Lancet (moderator)
- Charles Holmes | Chief Medical Officer and Director of Research & Science, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (debate introduction)
- Jeffrey Sachs | Economist and Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University (panelist FOR the motion)
- Michel Sidibé | Executive Director, UNAIDS (panelist FOR the motion)
- Roger England | Chair, Health Systems Workshop, Grenada (panelist AGAINST the motion)
- Mead Over | Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development (panelist AGAINST the motion)
- David Serwadda | Dean, Makerere University Medical School, Uganda (summary remarks)
- Eric Goosby | U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (closing remarks)
The event was the last in a series of USAID-World Bank HIV/AIDS debates held since 2010, to enable global thought leaders to address major challenges in AIDS science, policy, and practice.
Replay our liveblog from the event and stay tuned for the video archive. Follow International AIDS conference events on Twitter at #AIDS2012.
Read what others are asking
Our organization is a women based organization works in the areas of HIV/AIDS, Women Economic Empowerment,Orphan and vulnerable Children.Thus, We need some financial support to achive our main objectives.Please,could you inform us any information related to call for proposals? Thank you!
Where are the women's voices in this important debate? We carry the bigger share of the health, economic and social burden of HIV and AIDS. Reversal of the epidemic, societal transformation and development from grassroots up will only be achieved if women's voices are heard.
Regardless of whether we can continue funding AIDS treatments in our current economic state, why is funding for AIDS programs a higher priority than other, more cost-effective interventions like clean water, malaria nets, etc.?
What is the current degree of funding, and projections in the future?
The GF Was on course to creating an initiative in which it would fund projects that would allow countries to ramp up, invest in HSS.With with GF changes and cancellation of Rd 11 how is the WB doing to make sure that this initiative continues, even through the GF decided to place on hold HSFP?
What should young people do for this ?
And if i wanna be an volunteer in Africa , what should i do?
Nguyễn Thị Phương Nga
In light of the gloomy world economic outlook can we confidently say that the war against HIV/AIDS will be won especially in Southern Africa where the devastating effects of the last recession have impoverished families due to unemployment and other factors?
>50% of low & middle income countries (LMIC) spend <10% of GGE on health. DAH is 10% of what LMIC govts spend on health. A 2% increase in LMIC GGEH would offset a 20% decrease in DAH. After a decade of support, if the local govt doesn’t prioritize its citizens‘ health, why should donors?
My cousin has taking medicine since 1year of aids .with medicine how many year he will live.
What is the RP limitants...are you evaluate the risk? Do you think about change RP?
How can governments, WB and other stakeholders apply gender responsive budgeting approaches to financing HIV and what are the forms so scaling up community innovations, such as community, women's funds and volunteering networks, such as for the YWCA movement.
In sub-Saharan Africa, women constitute 60% of people living with HIV, globally 50%. The World Bank shows little accountability to women in this debate by excluding women entirely. How do the panelists and organisers justify excluding the voices of half the population of the world?
Will the increase of HIV funds reduce HIV spread?
Umviligihozo E. Gisele
sometimes, the projects funded will never be implemented, and funders still keep o funding these organisations. On what ground the found take the decision to fund such projects?
When will this Vicente be free in Africa, specifically in my country ,Liberia?
Alex K. Mbolonda
Q1 Rationale for saving AIDS patients but not those with other diseases? High Unit Cost of AIDS trmt, so reallocation would save many more.
Q2: Governments acted too late to prevent AIDS epidemic. Are we spending enough to prevent next pandemic like AIDS? Is WB encouraging prevention?