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President Obama Should Take Two Actions to Advance AIDS-Free Generation Goal, Says Desmond Tutu

November 19, 2013

"We are making historic progress against HIV/AIDS ... [y]et AIDS remains the leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa," Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town and honorary chair of endgame, writes in a Politico opinion piece. "President Barack Obama should be commended for uniting the world behind the goal of creating an AIDS-free generation," he states, adding, "[T]here are two decisions Obama can make before the end of this year to fulfill the promise of an AIDS-free generation." Tutu continues, "The first is to commit to doubling the number of people receiving antiretroviral treatment through [PEPFAR]," and "[t]he second decision Obama could make concerns America's role in expanding access to antiretrovirals through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria." "I hope the president will agree to provide up to one-third of the total Global Fund's donations -- up to $5 billion -- over the next three years," he writes, concluding, "We can defeat this disease and create an AIDS-free generation over the next decade if we remain focused and driven" (11/18).

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