Hour 5: Where does the money come from and where does it go?

On the eve of World AIDS Day, James Findlay headed to Melbourne’s Federation Square to check out the ‘Condom Castle’. There he spoke to the communications and campaigns manager of Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS (YEAH), Brianna Davidson, who explained the sexual-health peer-based youth focus of the organisation and the advocacy work it is doing towards changing school curriculums.

Glen Dalton speaks to Annmaree O’Keeffe, who has years of experience in raising and allocating funds for HIV and AIDS throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Highlighting the international political will and generous corporate contributions that flooded the worldwide response during a time of prosperity, she describes how the flow of money came to an abrupt halt with the onset of the global financial crisis. With money harder to come by and HIV no longer on the front pages of newspapers, Annmaree reminds us that the human, financial and political momentum built up over the last three decades cannot be lost if we are to see an end to the epidemic.

Then bryan Andy talks to Christoph Benn, Director of External Relations for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, just days before the fund’s Replenishment Conference in Washington, DC, at which governments and other donors from around the world will top up the fund for the next three years. Since its inception 12 years ago, the Global Fund has been at the forefront of financing organisations doing on-the-ground work in countries on every continent. Along with HIV and AIDS, the fund is focused on eradicating tuberculosis and malaria, and Christoph is calling on all nations at the Replenishment Conference to commit 50 per cent more than their previous contribution to get the jump on these killer diseases. Find out more about the successes of the Global Fund in the Asia-Pacific region in the resources section of this website.

Guests

Annmaree O’Keeffe
Founding director of the Asia Pacific Business Coalition for AIDS and chair of Australia’s National Commission for UNESCO
Christoph Benn
Director of External Relations for the Global Fund

Hosted by James Findlay, Glen Dalton and bryan Andy

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