Commentary & Opinion
Amid Budget Woes, PEPFAR Is a Program Worth Saving
September 30, 2011
In this post in LA Progressive, Georgianne Nienaber, an investigative and political writer, examines the potential effects of reduced PEPFAR funding and highlights the non-denominational Christian ACTS clinic operating in South Africa as an example of a U.S. foreign aid success story. She writes, "At ACTS, PEPFAR funding supports a program that treats HIV-infected men, women, and children ... seeing close to 4,000 patients a month and operating an eleven-bed community in-patient hospice 24/7." She adds that a recent visit to the clinic "cement[ed] our impression that this was a program that put American taxpayers' monies to good and just use. It is a guess, but one would have to assume that Americans would welcome the good news that USAID funding can work. PEPFAR is certainly a program worth saving" (9/27).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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