Commentary & Opinion
U.S. Congress Should Make Good on U.S. Commitments to PEPFAR, Global Fund
August 30, 2010
A Dallas Morning News editorial calls upon the U.S. Congress to "rebuff the president and make good on U.S. commitments" to PEPFAR and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Global Fund, in a piece that reflects on how President Barack Obama has scaled back commitments he vowed as a presidential candidates to these programs.
The piece outlines several reasons the U.S. commitments to global HIV/AIDS programs are important, detailing the numbers of patients that would be affected by slowing the increase in funding as well as the signal this might send to other donor countries as well as the countries in greatest need. "Some in the administration prefer shifting the focus from fighting global AIDS to battling other health problems, including those that afflict young mothers. Both are worthy goals, but why cut short AIDS funding -- when AIDS remains the leading worldwide killer of women in their reproductive years?" the editorial asks. "This is not a fight on which the U.S. can relent, not with 2 million people dying from this disease each year" (8/25).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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