A report by the European HIV/AIDS Funders Group (EFG) and Funders Concerned about AIDS (FCAA), in collaboration with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), indicated that funding for AIDS-related work from US and European donors decreased by 7 percent, or approximately $44 million, between 2009 and 2010.

Paul De Lay, Executive Director of UNAIDS, stated, “We have an opportunity to make a real impact but it will require a concerted effort from all sectors including philanthropic donors who play an important role in reaching people most affected by the epidemic.”

Since 1981, over 25 million people have died of AIDS worldwide, and about 33 million are living with the infection. In the United States every year, approximately 56,000 people are infected with HIV and 16,000 die of AIDS. As of 2001, 1.4 million people have started taking protease inhibitors. Less than half of the 15 million people who should be taking the drugs actually have access to them.

UNAIDS 11/14/11; Feminist Daily Newswire 1/7/11

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