U.S. Leadership Critical To Ending Global AIDS
The Hill: How American compassion, vision and innovation can end the AIDS epidemic
Michel Sidibé, executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and under-secretary-general of the U.N.
“…Since 2002, with bipartisan support bridging political administrations, the United States’ global strategy on AIDS, started by President George W. Bush and sustained by President Barack Obama, has delivered unprecedented results. … It was welcome news that the 2017 budget reflected continued, strong bipartisan U.S. leadership on ending AIDS. Equally strong support is critical in 2018. Possible cuts to international assistance and U.S. global AIDS programs would have devastating consequences. … The opportunity to end AIDS is real. However, a business-as-usual approach will cost us dearly. … We must quicken the pace of action and we will need even stronger leadership to succeed. The next four years are crucial — they will determine whether we end the AIDS epidemic or whether it continues indefinitely. The leadership of the United States that has brought us to this point is needed to finish the job. President Trump and leaders from both parties in Congress have a historic opportunity to lead the world in ending AIDS — a humanitarian victory that once seemed impossible, but one which is now within reach” (5/8).