Peter Currie


A painful duality underlies the international response to the AIDS epidemic: Despite growing political momentum to address the crisis, current resources fall far short of those required to meet the global burden imposed by HIV/AIDS. In 2003, an estimated minimum of $6.3 billion was needed to address the epidemic through programs of prevention, care, and treatment; an estimated $14.9 billion will be needed by 2007. Actual funding for HIV/AIDS in 2003 totaled around $3.6 billion and is unlikely to increase at a rate adequate to meet projected need. As millions continue to die, it is clear that the question of resource mobilization for HIV/AIDS has yet to be answered.