For a pandemic that thrives in poverty and enhances poverty, nothing could be more awash in money than HIV/AIDS. Even though the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has not yet met its goal of raising US$10 billion, there is still US$7 billion more than there was in 2001 when the Fund was just formed. In addition, Bush’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) promises US$15 billion for HIV/AIDS programmes around the world.
But, as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for, in case you get it. For the first two decades of the global AIDS pandemic, activists, scientists and doctors lamented the lack of funds for effective HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care programmes. Millions died who could have been saved through better funded treatment and support.