U.S. Leadership, Global Advocacy Responsible For Progress In AIDS Response

Huffington Post: When 25 Million Africans Were Sentenced to Die
Rob Lovelace, senior fellow at the Trade Union Sustainable Development Unit

“…We would not be having the serious discussions about ending AIDS by 2030 that will take place this week [at the 2016 High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in New York City] were it not for the champions whose compassion, courage, perseverance, and action brought us to where we are today. The path from the groundbreaking LIFE initiative that first boosted U.S. support for global AIDS programs to $100 million during Bill Clinton’s administration to the billions available to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief established by George W. Bush is littered with skeptics proven wrong. The success in making so much progress against the global AIDS pandemic isn’t due to American efforts alone, but there is no mistaking as President Obama said recently that ‘American ingenuity and leadership has shaped the world’s response to this crisis.’ … The global AIDS response is far from over, but if we see it through it will be a remarkable achievement…” (6/7).

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