Brazil rejects US 'strings attached' AIDS funding

Brazil bravely takes a stand against US Aid funding because it believes that the no-abortion, pro-abstinence and anti-prostitution conditions would be counter productive.

Yesterday Pedro Chequer, the director of Brazil's HIV/Aids programme, said the government had managed to resist US pressure during negotiations on the Aids funding to focus on promoting abstinence and fidelity rather than condoms - another ideological battle being waged by the religious right. But the US negotiators insisted that the clause on prostitution had to stay.

"I would like to confirm that Brazil has taken this decision in order to preserve its autonomy on issues related to national policies on HIV/Aids as well as ethical and human rights principles," he told the Guardian.

Posted by Paul in AIDS Politics at May 5, 2005 03:19 AM | 0 Comments