AIDS fund lags – Governments, groups wary

The fledgling but ambitious plan to raise $7 billion to $10 billion to fight the global AIDS epidemic has run into resistance from rich nations and international groups worried about turf and confusion, The Boston Globe reported May 24.

United Nations officials and global health experts expect donors will contribute only about $1 billion this year to the Global AIDS and Health Fund announced in April by Kofi Annan, the UN secretary general.

Governments and groups, including the European Union, want to keep their own funding programs and are reluctant to invest millions of dollars into a fund based on a jumble of ideas, the Globe said.

The only contribution so far has been $200 million from the Bush administration that AIDS activists criticized as being too small.

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