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July 20, 2010

Gates, Clinton Call for More Efficient Use of AIDS Funding

PND, Foundation Center: "Speaking at the eighteenth International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria, this week, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair Bill Gates and former U.S. President Bill Clinton urged AIDS activists to get the most out of every dollar given to fight HIV/AIDS, saying donors cannot be expected to give more in these tough economic times unless the money is carefully spent, Reuters reports.

"Addressing twenty thousand AIDS scientists, health workers, and activists at the conference, Gates and Clinton said efficiency savings are vital in delivering HIV/AIDS prevention services and treatment in the countries hardest hit and at highest risk. During his speech, Gates outlined several key opportunities for AIDS investments to be more cost-effective and have greater impact, including rapid scale up of cost-effective prevention tools, better use of data to make prevention decisions, reductions in the cost of delivering treatment, and greater investments in vaccines and other breakthrough tools."