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On Its 15th Anniversary, PEPFAR Serves As ‘Shining Example’ Of U.S. Commitment To Global Health, Model For ‘Other Opportunities’

Fox News: It’s been 15 years since George W. Bush launched PEPFAR and saved millions of lives
Anne D. MacDonald, founder and principal at Matterhorn Advisory

“Fifteen years ago this week, President George W. Bush traveled up Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol to announce the largest commitment ever to fight a single disease — a commitment that has saved the lives of millions of people with HIV/AIDS. … The Bushes’ commitment to PEPFAR was continued on a bipartisan basis by President Obama, and now by President Trump. … The U.S. investment has been leveraged to encourage significant additional funding from the international community … The mission of PEPFAR is to do the right thing by our brothers and sisters needlessly dying. … As other opportunities arise to do ‘so much for so many,’ Americans and our leaders can take heart and courage in PEPFAR’s shining example of success. On this 15th anniversary of one of the greatest humanitarian accomplishments of our country, we should look for more cost-effective, data-driven, and results-oriented ways to extend the same heart of compassion towards other global problems that can’t be solved without the power and capabilities of the United States” (1/31).

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