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President's Budget for Global Health Far Short of What's Needed - Congress Must Fix
Date:2/1/2010

's request is $50 million less than the amount Congress enacted last year. The American public supports an increase in global efforts.

The time is now.  Every dollar, every day, every hour counts. To demonstrate true leadership and progress in this global crisis, President Obama's commitment to global health must be increased.  The President's Global Health Initiative leaves behind millions -- including at least ten million mothers, children, family members and orphans in need of lifesaving AIDS treatment.

If President Obama had proposed full funding for the Global Health Initiative, including bilateral HIV/AIDS, in FY2011, up to:

  • 1.3 million more people around the world could receive treatment for AIDS.
  • 3.9 million more women could receive services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
  • 36 million more people could access programs to prevent sexual transmission of HIV.
  • 2.5 million more orphans and other children affected by HIV/AIDS could receive care and support services.

Despite the continuing economic recession, Americans support spending on global health aid.  In an October 2009 opinion poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, two-thirds of those polled noted that U.S. spending was too low (34%) or at about the right amount (32%) for efforts to improve health in developing countries. 

Even at a time of economic distress here at home, Americans reach into their pockets when they know they can make a difference to human lives.  Americans' contributions to Haiti's earthquake recovery efforts have already topped $200 million.

Founded in 2001, the Global AIDS Alliance is committed to mobilizing the political will and financial resources needed to
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