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Australia,Nigeria : AUSTRALIA promises to hedge against donors who pull out of HIV-AIDS funds

July 31, 2014



The Federal Government assured that it will hedge against the loss of millions of dollars in donor funding to HIV-AIDS support programmes, as hundreds of Nigerians living with the virus reel from the impact of the fund pull out.

The 2014 AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia, the minister of health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, noted that it would be a challenge to move forward, President Goodluck Jonathan was pursuing a plan of action.

The World Bank and Global Fund have changed their financing model towards Nigeria, with funds re-assigned such that the primary focus is now key populations which include sex workers and the gay community.

This move follows the passed anti same-sex marriage law in Nigeria, which has been described by the UN UNAIDS and many human rights groups as discriminatory and a major impediment to the fight against HIV-AIDS.

Attempts get a clear position from the Global Fund and the World Bank mission in Nigeria failed, with several calls, text, and e-mails going unanswered. Thousands infected by the virus are struggling to access drugs and have to pay for health services that are not affordable.

Some western powers including Australia called for further cuts to funding to nations like Nigeria and Uganda, which have laws criminalising homosexuality, others have criticised these western nations for making such threats.

Some even called for more cuts to funding to nations like Nigeria and Uganda which have laws criminalizing, homosexuality, others criticized for making such threats.

Nigeria took center stage at the AIDS conference, as the government was slammed for working against the fight to end HIV infections and AIDS related death.

The argument is that laws criminalizing a population like the gay community push them underground, reducing their demand for HIV-AIDS prevention and treatment services which increases risks and enables the spread of the virus.

The Australian government has cut foreign aid expenditure, some of which would go towards HIV prevention in the developing world.

Australia slowed its official development assistance or ODA as part of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Australian Council for International Development, Australia s aid commitment is likely to fall to 0.29% of its Gross National Income by 2017/2018.


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Source: TendersInfo (India)


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