March 13, 2002
The coalition released its assessment of the Bush Administration today, on the eve of the first meeting of the newly appointed Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). The coalition grades the Bush Administration on funding and leadership in the following areas:
In the letter to the President, the coalition members spell out their concerns, ranging from a lack of leadership in the fight against AIDS at home and abroad, to funding for AIDS prevention, research, and treatment programs, and filling key government healthcare positions that are vacant or will soon become vacant. The most notable positions are at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration.
In its assessment, the coalition commends the Administration for retaining the PACHA. However, the coalition expresses its concern about some of the individuals appointed to PACHA. These members have public track records of supporting HIV/AIDS policies that are at odds with science, public health experts, people living with HIV/AIDS, and community-based providers. They have also made statements viewed as homophobic and discredited sound, proven HIV prevention strategies.
The coalition calls on the President to exert his leadership to help end the suffering caused by AIDS. The coalition expresses its desire to work with the Administration and asks for a meeting with Mr. Bush and key officials to discuss the issues related to AIDS.
|AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts|
Contact: Chris Viveiros
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
AIDS Project Los Angeles
AIDS Services of Dallas
AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition
Columbus AIDS Task Force
Florida AIDS Action
Gay Men's Health Crisis
Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc.
Lifelong AIDS Alliance
Minnesota AIDS Project
National Association of People With AIDS
National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
National Minority AIDS Council
San Francisco AIDS Foundation