U.S. Leadership, Investment In PEPFAR, Global Fund Vital To Ending HIV/AIDS

St. Cloud Times: U.S. leadership in HIV/AIDS fight matters
Suud Olat, Somali refugee and St. Cloud-based volunteer with the ONE Campaign

“…[The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief] have shown the true impact American generosity can have on lifting people out of poverty, bringing hope to millions, and saving entire generations of people. … The best way to end the AIDS epidemic is for America to support global health programs like PEPFAR and the Global Fund, which have given the gift of life and hope to millions. Later this year, Congress will have the opportunity to fully fund PEPFAR and maintain the United States’ historic contribution to the Global Fund ahead of its October replenishment. … [The U.S. contribution to the Global Fund] has been used to incentivize major investments from other donors. A fully funded Global Fund would help save 16 million lives by 2023. … America’s unparalleled leadership, generosity, and big heart has made winning the fight against this ugly disease possible. Until the job is done, we must not stop” (3/8).

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