, Volume 67, Number 6

Kent Buse
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Kent Buse is Senior Advisor to the Executive Director, UNAIDS. Former faculty at Yale University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, he is author/editor of a number of books on the politics of health policy and governance. The views expressed are those of the author and do not represent United Nations policy.

Ten years ago, as the international community debated how to respond to Kofi Annan’s call for a radical and new multilateral funding body for global health, sceptics questioned whether or not new money for AIDS treatment would be wasted. Africa, so the narrative went, didn’t have the wherewithal to deliver medicines to those who needed them - moreover, Africans would not be capable of sticking to a demanding treatment regime. Then there was the issue of who would pay.

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