BBC’s ‘Global Business’ Series Examines HIV/AIDS Funding, Including Global Fund, PEPFAR
BBC's "Global Business" on Friday in the first of two programs on funding to fight HIV/AIDS examined the history, structure, mission and progress of the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which is "making a difference" but "has never come close to achieving its financial aims." The segment also examines the progress of the World Health Organization's 3 by 5 Initiative, which aimed to have three million HIV-positive people in developing countries taking antiretroviral drugs by the end of 2005, and the work of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. The second segment in the series, which is scheduled to air later this week, will examine how the "rival" philosophies and practices of the Global Fund and PEPFAR in Uganda "may be undermining the health effort," as well as why the Global Fund suspended and then reinstated its grants to Uganda. The first segment includes comments from U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan; Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Mark Dybul; Global Fund Executive Director Richard Feachem; Daniele Giusti, executive secretary of the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau; U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa Stephen Lewis; Paul Zeitz, executive director of the Global AIDS Alliance; and public health workers in countries that receive Global Fund grants (Williams, "Global Business," BBC, 11/18).
The complete segment is available online in RealPlayer.