pa3110c.jpg Paul Lachine

Disease Busters Going Bust

In the wake of the global financial crisis, Western donors are now withdrawing funding from The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria. But if they fail to support the Fund, we could soon find ourselves facing epidemics that are far worse than any financial contagion.

JOHANNESBURG – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria marks its tenth anniversary this year against a backdrop of growing protests against global inequality. World attention has been trained on the Occupy movement, which has challenged the “1%” of the global population that exercises disproportionate influence on economic and social policy. But this week, many activists from the developing world – the greatest beneficiaries of the Global Fund – will be focused on efforts to keep the institution viable as it passes the ten-year mark.