Against an ambiance of somber music with a few upbeat notes suggestive of hope, Bono appears on our flat-screen TVs and softly intones, “Through the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, over three-and-a-half thousand lives are saved every day. That’s 1.3 million people a year. We can win the fight against these diseases. It’s just a matter of galvanizing the funding and getting the political will to achieve this.”
A wonderful, heart-warming sentiment, to be sure, but as it turns out, it’s what happens after the “galvanizing-the-funding” part where things get sticky. Unfortunately we’re just learning that Bono’s numbers are off—way off. In fact, one is left to wonder if anybody gets help daily.
Together, generous celebrities, the U.S. and other governments have raised billions to treat the mentioned diseases.
While the money pours in, it appears that it’s not going out as Bono, Gates and the U.S. think. No, it’s not used to cover administrative expenses...
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