Despite significant increases in funding for AIDS, data from 2006 show that resources to combat the global pandemic still fall short of need, a new report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation finds.
Released in conjunction with the recent G8 Summit, the report, Financing the Response to AIDS in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: International Assistance From the G8, European Commission, and Other Donor Governments, 2006 (24 pages, PDF), provides an analysis of funding for AIDS provided by the so-called Group of Eight and other donor governments, which collectively provide the bulk of international assistance for AIDS through bilateral programs and contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
According to the report, in 2006 international AIDS assistance from G8 countries, the European Commission, and other donor governments reached its highest level ever, with commitments totaling $5.6 billion and disbursements reaching $3.6 billion. Between 2002 and 2006, commitments and disbursements each increased more than three-fold, though commitments rose at a faster rate.
The report also found that the United States provides the largest share of funding for AIDS, accounting for 47 percent of funding commitments made by major donor governments in 2006. The Netherlands ranked second with 17 percent, followed by the United Kingdom at 14 percent. However, when donor efforts are are calculated as a percentage of gross domestic product, three non-G8 members — the Netherlands, Sweden, and Ireland — moved to the top of the rankings, with the United States falling to the middle of the pack.