Policy & Politics
Obama Commits to Increased HIV/AIDS Support, but Unclear How Much
March 2, 2009
The head of the Elizabeth Glaser AIDS Foundation says it is unclear how much President Obama will increase funding for HIV/AIDS prevention and support, but, "I think we are optimistic."
Barnes said it may be some time before firm spending figures are released for HIV/AIDS programs. "In 2009, the budgets were basically flat-lined and we really have been pushing hard to be cost-effective and continue to show increasing results."
The Glaser Foundation, Barnes said, is "really focused on creating a generation free of HIV. I think what the president challenged many of us to do and think about was to move away from short-term thinking and push out to really look at that next generation. We know how to prevent mother-to-child transmission. We've done it in the developed world. And we know that we can create a generation free of HIV in those countries deeply affected."
Voice of America News
02.27.2009; Joe DeCapua