Thailand in HIV/AIDS Crisis

Of 9,470 new HIV/AIDS cases in 2012 37% were men having sex with men but less than 3.4% were sex workers

Thailand’s Aids Access Foundation (AAF) says news that Thailand is recording more than one new HIV infection each hour is proof the “country is in a crisis”, blaming the alarming number of new HIV infections on a lack of government interest and an inadequate allocation of money for HIV/AIDS prevention. Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) estimates that more *464,414 people are currently living with HIV/AIDS in the Southeast Asian kingdom renowned internationally for the accommodating males and females who work in the country’s thriving sex industry, though sex workers are said to represent the lowest at-risk group. (*Ed: Independent figures put the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Thailand at more than 530,000) The ministry says almost 9,500 new HIV … Continue reading

Microsoft founder throws The Global Fund a $750 million lifeline

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have thrown The Global Fund a $750 million lifeline

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has thrown The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (The Global Fund) a $750 million lifeline coinciding with the group’s 10th-anniversary. Describing The Global Fund as one of the most “effective entities” the Gates Foundation supports, the former Silicon Valley tycoon and world’s second wealthiest man said he was disappointed at the focus on reports last year which detailed the misappropriation of some funds in Africa, saying “if you’re going to do business in Africa, you’re going to have some losses”. Mr Gates said it is “disappointing” to see some people focus on a “small misuse of funds. The internal checks and balances have worked … Continue reading