Trump Administration Should ‘Embrace,’ ‘Expand’ PEPFAR
New York Times: Bill Frist: The Case for Keeping America’s AIDS Relief Plan
Bill Frist, former Republican Senate majority leader from Tennessee, chair of the executive board of Cressey & Company, senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, and co-chair of the center’s work on health innovation
“…By embracing and expanding [the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)], President Trump could make the world’s next generation AIDS-free. He and his administration should render PEPFAR not only more efficient but also more strategic by aligning it with clear national security goals. For example, while continuing to focus on eradicating AIDS in Africa, President Trump could deploy additional health dollars to fight diseases and win hearts and minds in countries where traditional diplomacy isn’t an easy option. PEPFAR is the greatest humanitarian effort undertaken by the United States in more than 60 years. But it also makes us safer by making afflicted countries stronger, more stable, and more grateful to us. And it can prevent the disease from re-emerging at home in a more virulent form. President Trump has the chance to make America even greater by making the world AIDS-free” (2/9).