United States Should Allocate More Money to Global Fund To Battle HIV/AIDS Threat, Editorial Says
The United States should allocate more money to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in order to address the "global threat" that HIV/AIDS poses, according to a Des Moines Register editorial. The United States has taken the "wrong approach" by focusing funding on programs it "can hand-pick, such as those that promote sexual abstinence or purchase drugs only from American manufacturers," the editorial says. Diseases such as HIV/AIDS "don't respect borders," and a multilateral organization such as the Global Fund "looks at the bigger picture" of fighting HIV/AIDS throughout the world, the editorial continues. HIV/AIDS can reach "even the most remote of places like Iowa," and HIV-positive individuals worldwide need treatment and education, the editorial says. The spread of HIV "needs to be controlled," the editorial says, concluding that it will take a "global approach" -- including vaccine research, poverty eradication, debt relief and health care infrastructure improvements (Des Moines Register, 10/4).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.