Donations for Fighting AIDS Temporarily Suspended by Donor Nations
The head of China’s UNAIDS said it would be a mistake for donors to cut any funding that help the fight against AIDS in China. This comment was made after some critics were saying that since China is the World’s second largest economy, that they should no longer be a recipient of any funding.
Non-governmental organizations that are involved in the fight for AIDS in China are having a hard time asking or getting donations from developed nations since the Chinese economy is dominating in the world market. The executive director for the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS said that donors are making a big mistake by withdrawing their support simply because they believe that donations are turn into catalytic funds.
Funding chief for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS said that donor decisions to halt all donations will disrupt the organization’s efforts to fight the diseases. Several countries have already suspended their payments after hearing rumors on how donations have been misused. So far the total amount of donations suspended has amounted to US$180 million.
China already has 740,000 people infected with the HIV virus, and around 105,000 AIDS patients since 2009. Cutting the funding will definitely hurt any chances to fight the spread of the virus unless the local government moves in to fill this gap.