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Namibia has one of the highest rates of HIV and AIDS in the world and has enjoyed generous and critical donor support for its efforts to tackle the pandemic. But no longer. Suddenly, Namibia faces a frigthening future with little external funding for HIV and AIDS work.
Casper Erichsen is the Director of Positive Vibes, which is an OSISA grantee, and he does not mince his words, "The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is due to dry up in June 2012 and the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief will follow suit in 2015 - although a drastic scale back in funding is already underway.
More than this, with most intermediaries and bilateral donors already gone, the Dutch Humanist Institutie for Cooperation (HIVOS) has announced its pull-out from Namibia in 2012 - something that has shocked us to the core.
To paraphrase Henk van Hentergem, the head of UNAIDS in Namibia, 'no other country in the world has experienced such a sudden and total donor attrition in the field of HIV so there is no template on how to respond'.
In other words, 'go ahead and panic'."ShareThis