While donor budgets are constrained, people's generosity is not. This World AIDS Day, I will be in Washington D.C. with Bono to encourage both governments and businesses to keep up the fight against AIDS.
For a government that spends $1.9 billion every single day on the military, Washington's unwillingness to follow through on a $1.33 billion pledge to the Global Fund to save millions of lives is a new depth of cynicism and recklessness.
We are wasting a fortune on wars when a small fraction of that would and should enhance our national security by helping poor and unstable countries to control disease, boost food production, and protect the natural environment.
The Global Fund could have been more vigilant in Mali. But we have learned our lesson. As a result of these efforts, the Global Fund is now better prepared to prevent and quickly detect fraud and misuse.
It's always interesting to me when stories create news with misused facts and salacious headlines. So I thought it might be useful to have a little background and perspective from someone who's spent a lot of time with the Global Fund.
The Global Fund provides funds and support to the hardest-hit countries that lack the resources to address their epidemics. However, one of the largest recipients is the second largest economy in the world: China.