'Is the world spending too much on HIV/AIDS?'

Abstract / Description:

The global catastrophe that is HIV/AIDS has created a powerful and dedicated machinery of activism that, since the 1980s, has roused far-reaching international, multi-sectoral responses to the epidemic. This machinery has been very good at piecing money together – especially in the last decade or so. Recently, questions have been asked about whether too much money is being spent on the epidemic relative to its disease burden, and whether other diseases are being neglected as a result. We investigate this issue by comparing the proportion of total health expenditure (including international aid) spent on HIV/AIDS to the proportion of Disability Adjusted Life Years attributable to the disease in 118 countries for the year 2008. We further investigate whether using OECD as opposed to UNAIDS data significantly affects our conclusions. We find that 73% of countries in our dataset ‘overspend’ on HIV/AIDS, and that choice of data source does not significantly affect this finding. REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED

Thu, 21 Apr 2011 -
13:00 to 14:00