HIV/AIDS: DFID's New Strategy
HC 1068-I, Twelfth Report of Session 2007-08: Volume 1 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes
- House of Commons – International Development Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The Department for International Development (DFID) launched its new HIV/AIDS Strategy "Achieving Universal Access: the UK's strategy for halting and reversing the spread of HIV in the developing world" in June 2008. DFID is widely acknowledged as a global leader in tackling HIV/AIDS, particularly amongst vulnerable and marginalised groups, including women and children.
Its Strategy provides an excellent analysis of the challenges faced in tackling HIV/AIDS effectively and makes substantial financial commitments: most notably £6 billion over seven years to strengthen health systems in partner countries, and £1 billion over the same period for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Direct and specific HIV/AIDS funding of this kind continues to be necessary to fill the gaps in prevention and treatment services in high-prevalence countries. But the Strategy is strong on rhetoric but weak in communicating how DFID will implement it. There are few measurable targets or indicators of how the Strategy's effectiveness will be assessed.
DFID fails to explain how the high-level funding commitments will be broken down by country or sector, making it difficult to understand how implementation will occur on the ground. The Committee has concerns that social protection programmes, which are now DFID's main instrument for assisting children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, will not be specifically targeted at this vulnerable. The overall aim of the Strategy is universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care, but the target date for achieving this is only two years away in 2010.
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