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Blog: Obama Should Restore PEPFAR Funding Levels Originally Authorized by Lantos-Hyde Act

July 30, 2010

The author of a Huffington Post blog post writes that in 2008, the U.S. Congress authorized the Lantos-Hyde U.S. Global Leadership Against AIDS, TB and Malaria Reauthorization Act "providing $48 billion over 5 years ($9.6 billion/year) to PEPFAR," the blog writes. The President's $63 billion Global Health Initiative (GHI) "allocated $51 billion over 6 years ($8.5 billion/year) resulting in an overall decrease in PEPFAR funding while allocating $12 billion towards other global health initiatives including maternal and child health. By not providing 'new' money towards maternal and child health, President Obama has in de facto pitted HIV/AIDS funding against other global health priorities." The author of the post calls on Obama to take advantage of "the opportunity to significantly improve global HIV/AIDS (and maternal and child health)" by making HIV/AIDS delivery more cost-efficient, restoring PEPFAR funding to levels originally authorized by the Lantos-Hyde Act, and supporting legislation recently introduced by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to increase access to HIV/AIDS medications to populations worldwide (Reddi, 7/27).

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This information was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report, search the archives, and sign up for email delivery. © Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.

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