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U.S. Congress Should Fully Fund PEPFAR, Build On Progress Made On Global HIV

New York Times: Letter to the Editor: Trump and AIDS Relief
Asia Russell, executive director of the Health Global Access Project

“President George W. Bush was right to challenge President Trump’s proposed budget, given the life-or-death consequences of the foreign aid cuts he seeks. … Maintaining funding should be the floor for congressional support for PEPFAR. … At this critical moment in the global HIV response, Congress is best advised to ignore President Trump’s cruel, fact-free prescription and instead fully fund PEPFAR and build on the progress made over the last 14 years. Failure to fully fund PEPFAR will result in increasing rates of HIV, more unnecessary and avoidable deaths, and a more expensive global HIV response in the future” (4/17).