Pediatric HIV/AIDS Foundation Head Reacts to House's Proposed Budget Cuts
February 23, 2011
Charles Lyons, president and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, on Tuesday warned that the House's budget cuts could impact the fight against HIV/AIDS worldwide and "have very real implications of life and death in large numbers," VOA News reports.
If the House budget became law, "PEPFAR estimates that there could be as many as a hundred thousand fewer pregnant women that receive services that protect their babies from the virus. That could result in at least 20,000 infants that are infected with HIV," Lyons said, noting that providing drugs to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission is far less expensive than providing lifetime treatment for children born HIV-positive.
The proposed budget cuts "don't make economic sense. They don't make political sense. I don't think they make moral sense," Lyons said (DeCapua, 2/22).
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