At a special session of the U.N. General Assembly on AIDS, Secretary-General Kofi Annan is asking Western nations to spend at least $7 billion to $10 billion each year in the fight against AIDS. The first U.N. session on AIDS four years ago led to the creation of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Since then, the fund has helped improve the health of millions in developing countries. But the Global Fund faces questions of whether it can thrive under constant pressure to prove to donors that it's working. The man who got the fund off the ground, Richard Feachem, is leaving, with the parting salvo that the commitment of Western donors to universal treatment should be seriously questioned if they don't continue to support the fund.