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Global AIDS Alliance Sounds Alarm on Potential Budget Cuts
Date:2/22/2009

ts since its launch in 2003. More than 2.1 million HIV-positive people are receiving life-saving medicines. In addition to drug treatments, PEPFAR also provides care for more than 10.1 million people affected by HIV/AIDS worldwide, including more than 4 million orphans and vulnerable children.

PEPFAR was reauthorized last year and the second phase expands the program's goals. PEPFAR II promises to put at least three million additional people on treatment for HIV/AIDS, prevent 12 million infections and ensure that 12 million people affected by HIV/AIDS are receiving care and support, including five million orphans and vulnerable children.

Global AIDS Alliance is urging the Obama administration to prove their commitment early. Waiting until the FY2011 budget to increase resources for AIDS and education means that funding cannot be mobilized until 2012, the third year of this presidency. The Obama administration must act decisively to begin restoring America's standing in the world and maintaining our national security interests, particularly through positive outreach to poor countries in Africa and Asia.

"We simply do not accept that President Obama is short-sighted enough to weaken the global AIDS initiative, which experts believe are the most successful international programs since the Marshall Plan," said Zeitz. "We will keep the pressure on administration officials over the next few weeks to ensure that the President's first budget includes appropriate increases for these essential and highly successful programs."

Background:

The Global AIDS Alliance is calling on President Obama to consider the following as his team finalizes the budget request for Fiscal Year 2010:

  • $2.7 billion in contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria--With increased demand demonstrated by strong country proposals, the Globa
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