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Global AIDS Alliance Calls on President Obama to Honor His Campaign Promises on Global AIDS and Education
Date:7/8/2009

WASHINGTON, July 08 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On the eve of President Obama's visit to Ghana, Global AIDS Alliance executive director Dr. Paul Zeitz called on the President to honor his campaign promises on U.S. responses to the global HIV/AIDS pandemic and on education of the world's children. "The President's visit to Ghana is a perfect opportunity for him to reflect on the impact of his broken campaign promises on global AIDS and education, especially in Africa, and to honor those promises made to the American people, and to the world," said Zeitz.

Broken Promises on Global HIV/AIDS

"When President Barack Obama released his US$3.6 trillion budget on May 7, he broke two campaign promises and created a total shortfall of US$3.3 billion in U.S. support for global AIDS funding through U.S. bilateral AIDS programs, including PEPFAR, and for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria," said Zeitz. "Unless the U.S. Congress steps up and fully funds the President's campaign promises, which seems unlikely, millions of people will suffer," he said.

GAA estimates that as a consequence of President Obama's broken promises on AIDS:

  • One million people around the world will not receive treatment for AIDS.
  • 2.9 million women won't receive services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
  • 27 million people will not access sexual disease transmission prevention programs.
  • 1.9 million orphans and other children affected by or vulnerable to HIV/AIDS will not receive care and support services.

Broken Promises on Education for the World's Children

During his campaign, Mr. Obama promised that his Administration would take a leadership role by providing at least $2 billion to establish a Global Fund for Education, which would enable a coo
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