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White House Fact Sheet on AIDS Funding

August 2000

By signing into law H.R. 3519, the "Global AIDS and Tuberculosis Relief Act of 2000," President Clinton is launching our latest U.S. effort in the long-term fight against HIV/AIDS and its related threat of tuberculosis. This bill authorizes funding for the Administration's FY 2001 international HIV/AIDS initiatives and will strengthen our response to the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. The bill also authorizes new funding for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and authorizes the creation of a World Bank AIDS Trust Fund.

The bill authorizes:

The bill also authorizes the creation of a World Bank AIDS Trust Fund to provide grants to hard hit countries for AIDS prevention, care and education over a two-year period.

This legislation builds on the Administration's LIFE Initiative (Leadership and Investment in Fighting an Epidemic), an aggressive response to the global AIDS pandemic. The United States has invested more than $1.4 billion in international AIDS programs since the start of the epidemic.

Domestically, the Administration has increased funding for care and treatment through the Ryan White Care Act by close to 350 percent and nearly doubled funding for research and prevention since 1993. In the President's FY 2001 budget request, including:

In addition, the President has proposed to fully fund the $750 million authorized for the Ricky Ray Hemophilia Trust Fund, which provides one-time, $100,000 relief payments to hemophiliacs who contracted HIV from blood solids during the 1980s, and to their eligible family members.

Facts on HIV/AIDS and other Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries:

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