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PUBLISHED ON 17 Dec 2013
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FINANCING ESSENTIAL HIV SERVICES

by RUSH

This RUSH-funded research paper finds that the financing needs of the HIV response will remain substantial for many years to come, and an innovative new approach is needed.

The AIDS response faces both an economic recession and optimism about ending AIDS. The financing needs of the HIV response will remain substantial for many years, with current commitments  becoming increasingly out of line with future fiscal liabilities.

RethinkHIV researchers Anna Vassall, Michelle Remme, Charlotte Watts, Timothy Hallett, Mariana Siapka, and Rifat Atun, author this paper with Peter Vickerman, Fern Terris-Prestholt, Markus Haacker, Lori Heise, Andy Haines, and Peter Piot.

They find that a change in economic approach will be required, drawing on increased domestic funding, improvements in efficiency, and identification of innovative new funding streams.

Organisations providing HIV services must critically examine and justify their costs and priorities, become increasingly involved in broader health systems strengthening, and find ways to simultaneously support good governance and wider development objectives.

They also argue that there is a need for a renewed economic case to be made for a reinvigorated response and a sustainable, long-term national and global financial commitment to ending AIDS.

Citation: Vassall, A.; Remme, M.; Watts, C.; Hallett, T.; Siapka, M.; Vickerman, P.; Terris-Prestholt, F.; Haacker, M.; Heise, L.; Haines, A.; Atun, R.; Piot, P. Financing Essential HIV Services: A New Economic Agenda. PLoS Medicine (2013) 10 (12) e1001567. [DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001567]

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