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Funding Sources

Institutional HIV/AIDS spending, 1996-2002.
* Grant component of concessional loan disbursements Source: UNAIDS. A Joint Response to HIV/AIDS
National governments

Donor governments provide the majority of funding in the fight against HIV/AIDS through bilateral (country-to-country) aid, such as the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and contributions to multilateral organisations such as the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund).

Multilateral funding organisations

Multilateral funding organisations disburse funding that is pooled by countries and the private sector. The main multilateral organisations include the World Bank, the Global Fund and different UN entities.

Private sector funding

The private sector, which includes foundations, philanthropic organisations, corporations, international NGOs and individuals, is an important part of HIV/AIDS funding. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest philanthropic funder in the HIV/AIDS arena. This funding is often used to pilot new strategies and build partnerships between the private and public sectors. The private sector also supports HIV/AIDS initiatives through non-cash mechanisms, including lowering the cost of HIV/AIDS medicines, in-kind support and commodity donations.

Domestic resources

Fast Facts: Individual out-of-pocket HIV/AIDS expenditures

45% Kenya (2002) 40% Chile (2002) 30% Zambia (2002) 14% Burkina Faso (2003) Percentage of total HIV/AIDS spending in the country accounted for by individuals. Source: Kaiser Family Foundation, 2005

Spending by affected country governments and households/individuals makes up a significant part of HIV/AIDS spending. UNAIDS estimates that domestic spending amounted to $2-billion in 2004.

Some national governments fund most of their country's HIV/AIDS spending. In Latin America, national governments account for more than 80% of HIV/AIDS spending. Individuals in some countries make substantial out-of-pocket payments for HIV/AIDS care. For instance, some estimates indicate that Kenyan individuals account for up to 45% of their country's total HIV/AIDS expenditure.

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The project is jointly managed by the Anova Health Institute and the Journalism and Media Studies Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand. The project is funded by by the Health Communication Partnership based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Centre for Communication Programmes and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS relief through the United States Agency for International Development under terms of Award No. JH/HESA-02-05 and through the Anova Health Institute through PEPFAR via USAID under Award No. AID-674-A-12-00015.