- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has decided to quit India and hand over its HIV programme to the government
- Since 2003, the foundation has spent $260 million or Rs 1,300 crore on the AIDS programme in India
- There has been criticism that much of the money was wasted on high salaries, travel and extravagant coffee-table publications
- Given the high input costs, the programme was not as effective as it was thought to be
- The Indian government is reluctant to take over the programme since it involves huge costs
For the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), India has been the largest recipient of its funds; its HIV control initiative here is a big global headline-grabber. But now as the foundation’s Indian arm Avahan gets ready to pack up and hand over the work to the government, there are many indicators to suggest that their achievements in AIDS control have...