Via AIDSMap, by Rebecca Hodes

At the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, a session on the financing of HIV programmes yielded important results about the long-term costs and health impacts of continued Global Fund financing of ART. John Stover, from the Futures Group, presented the findings of a model on the future financing required for Global Fund-supported cohorts of ART patients.

Stover explained: “The Global Fund provides grant funding to 140 countries, costing a total of about $11 billion so far. A large proportion of this money is spent on ART. By the end of 2009, the Global Fund was supporting 2.5 million people on ART. This is going to increase to 3.5 million by the end of 2011.”

The key objective of Stover’s study was to answer the question: “How much funding is required to maintain support for these 2.5 million ART patients for as long as they need treatment? And what is the impact of providing this support?”

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