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Cablegate: Canada Announces New Funding for Overseas Hiv/Aids

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SUBJECT: CANADA ANNOUNCES NEW FUNDING FOR OVERSEAS HIV/AIDS
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1. Canada's International Cooperation Minister Josee Verner
announced on December 1, World AIDS Day, C$120 million to
fight HIV/AIDS overseas. This is over and above what Canada
has previously pledged to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS,
Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The new funding will support
global efforts focused on prevention, strengthening health
systems, promoting gender equality and women's empowerment,
and promoting children's rights, specifically of those
infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Canadian programming on
HIV/AIDS will continue to rely on working through
partnerships and concentrates on South Africa, Tanzania,
Mozambique, Zambia, Ukraine, Haiti, and the Balkans.

2. Of the total, C$41 million will go to support research in
prevention (C$20 million for vaccine research, C$15 million
for development of microbicides, and C$6 million to support
collaborative Canadian-African research on HIV/AIDS
prevention). C$20 million over two years will go to
Tanzania to support the government's HIV/AIDS plans, C$10
million over five years will go to Mozambique for the same
purposes, and C$4.4 million (over five years) will go to
South Africa. Funding will go also to a variety of Canadian
and international NGOs working in Haiti (C$19 million over
five years), the Balkans (C$7 million over four years to NGOs
for work among adolescents), Africa and Vietnam (C$4.9
million for "sustainable livelihood options"), Ukraine,
Russia and Georgia (C$3 million over three years targeted at
programs for injected drug users), Zimbabwe (C$2.5 million
for three years focused on preventing mother-to-child
transmission), and smaller amounts for NGO programming in
Malawi, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Ghana, and
Cameroon.

3. The geographic and organizational (as well as
programmatic) distribution of the funding Minister Verner
announced on World AIDS Day highlights several hallmarks of
Canada's support for HIV/AIDS programming. The vast majority
of Canadian funding is targeted at programs in Africa, and
the Canadian preference is to work through partners. As
indicated above, governments are partners on some programs,
and NGOs are partners on others. At least 16 NGOs and
several quasi-governmental agencies will receive portions of
the C$120 million announced by Verner.

4. This C$120 million is separate from Canada's support for
global programming against infectious diseases channeled
through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and
Malaria. Even so, Canada is presently the seventh largest
contributor to the Global Fund according to Fund data (in
terms of pledges to the paid up as of December 2006) with
total contributions of USD 431 million since 2001.

5. Observers expect that Minister of Health Tony Clement will
announce new funding for domestic HIV/AIDS programming within
the next couple of months.

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http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/wha/ottawa

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