Does HIV/AIDS funding undermine health systems?

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We read with interest the recent article by Shepard and others,1 which attempted to evaluate the impact of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) funding on Rwanda's health system. The headline of the associated press release is assertive: Six-Year Study in Rwanda Finds Influx of HIV/AIDS Funding Does Not Undermine Health Care Services for Other Diseases. Study Addresses Long-Standing Debate about Funding Imbalances for Global Diseases.2 However, the study's results are far from a definitive answer to the policy question of whether AIDS funding has undermined or enhanced efforts on non-AIDS service provision.




Fan, V. Y., Silverman, R., & Glassman, A. (2012, September). Does HIV/AIDS funding undermine health systems? American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

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