Red Cross Campaigner Urges Donors to Give More to Global AIDS Fund

Da: “Associated Press” del 02 marzo 2003

A veteran Red Cross campaigner said Monday in Geneva that donor countries should do more to help the new Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. “It’s an international humanitarian scandal that so few people get access to drugs,” said Dr. Massimo Barra, who founded an Italian Red Cross care center for drug addicted HIV/AIDS patients two decades ago in Rome.

Last week, Barra was elected to the board of the Geneva-based Global Fund. Speaking at a news conference arranged by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Barra noted that fund efforts in the next few years will only reach 10 percent of the 5 million people who need AIDS therapy.

Last week, the fund awarded $866 million in grants to 60 countries. The fund hopes to hand out an extra $600 million in grants this year for a total of $1.5 billion. But after that, officials said, its coffers will be empty.