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January 25, 2008

President Bush to Propose $30 Billion for PEPFAR

In his final State of the Union address on January 28, President Bush will unveil a proposal to double U.S. funding from $15 billion to $30 billion to fight HIV/AIDS overseas, reports USA TODAY (usatoday.com, 1/24).

The proposed $30 billion budget for the president's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) would provide treatment for approximately 2.5 million people living with HIV and fund preventive measures for about 12 million others over the course of five years. The PEPFAR program, approved by Congress in 2003, currently serves 15 countries in the Caribbean, Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. A recent editorial in The New York Times suggested that PEPFAR “may be the most lasting bipartisan accomplishment of the Bush presidency.”

“Our compassion should be manifested in helping people who suffer from disease and hunger,” said President Bush. “We have a strategy that's working. It is to support a strategy that has made a difference in over a million people's lives in a relatively quick period of time.”

President Bush, who will travel to Africa next month for a six-day trip, says his final address will also introduce a “new idea” to address hunger and expand a current initiative to curb malaria in the developing world.


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Ryan hall, Detroit, 2008-01-29 12:51:01
how can this idiot not only give 15 million but double it to 30 is unbelievable. some people in this country have limited or no access to drugs and services. they tell us "there is no funding" fix things here before you do for others. we pay taxes and your salary

Angus Owsley, Vero Beach, 2008-01-29 12:37:05
Dear Poz Team, I think this is great that HIV victims are getting some support. But were I have a challenge is that I have been living with HIV for 15 years and have not had much help from our own country. I know this is not anyones problem but mine. I pay $270 a month on Meds and that is with insurance. That is three quarters of one pay check every month. When and where can we get some assistance? This doesn't even count the Doctor visits and blood tests 4 times a years. Thank you.

susie, , 2008-01-29 12:13:06
Why cant they work on helping the people in the united states first?That i never have understood.Lets help everyone else but our OWN!!!!

noctu, , 2008-01-29 12:04:58
more should be spent here, I am sick of these neo-con/neo-crat globalists.

Mike, Ridgeland, MS, 2008-01-29 11:58:46
I know deep within that we have a responsibility to send aid to countries without the resources to fight HIV/AIDS. However, I continue to state that we have our own problems within the US. There are too many of us facing budget cuts that affect our access to medical care, or increased individual costs to continue the care we have. We are also affected by the strained economy, and should use some of these overseas resources to cure our problems first.

Ken Mangano, Albuquerque, 2008-01-29 11:48:35
While I wholely support the Us leading the global AIDS relief effort, why hasn't the BushCO Administration done anything to help the citizens in the US who are losing services, including prevention and medications? This makes Bush look like a friend to mankind, but we all know differently.

Dave Martin, Austin, TX, 2008-01-29 09:30:14
I agree with Ujjwal on this. Doubling the money going toward proven ineffective programs will not help. And what about the funding for proper services HERE in the United States, a place which George W. Bush has historically ignored and undercut throughout his reign. If we can't solve the problems here, how is any amount of money going to solve the problem elsewhere? You can't bribe a virus and make it go away. Without compassion and care, it's here to stay.

Ujjwal Baral, Kathmandu, 2008-01-27 05:22:46
What more and what next? UNGASS...Global Fund.....PEPFAR.....what more and what next?Since president Bush give more priority to ABC.The amount allocated on HIV and AIDS hardly reaches to the people living with HIV and AIDS.We are not that much glad to hear this that you have doubled the budget to PEPFAR.President Bush must change his attitude of ABC only then the allocated amount reaches to the targeted population. Ujjwal Baral PLHIV from Nepal.

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