Tell President Obama to Keep His Promises on HIV/AIDS
For 2012's World AIDS Day, the Obama Administration announced a re-commitment to preventing the spread of HIV and creating an AIDS-free generation. However, recent willingness by the president to cut funding for global AIDS programs has led to concern from many leading world health organizations. They are asking President Obama to keep his promises to help end AIDS.
To: President Barack Obama
Dear President Obama,
In March 2012, a coalition of health organizations, including the Children's AIDS Fund, HealthGap and the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), sent you a letter asking you to keep your promise to provide adequate funding for antiretroviral therapy and continued scientific research. Today, continued gridlock in Washington threatens financial support of PEPFAR in the coming years.
This coalition of groups, and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, are asking you to make sure the commitment you've made in the past, and that your administration made again on 2012's World AIDS Day, is not just lip service.
By signing this petition, I'm joining with the above-mentioned organizations in asking you for the following:
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On November 29, 2012, two days before World AIDS Day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a "Blueprint" to end AIDS, as part of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). This Blueprint, supported by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, emphasizes the need to eliminate new HIV infections in children, and to educate at-risk individuals, especially women, in African nations where infection is high.
Other organizations are not as optimistic. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation believes that the administration's plan lacks specifics, and is unlikely to drive toward the AIDS-free generation they establish as a goal. According to AIDS Healthcare Foundation president Michael Weinstein, "There are some generic pledges in the plan to scale-up testing and treatment, but the Blueprint does not offer concrete plans of how we will actually get there."
In March 2012, a coalition of health organizations, including the Children's AIDS Fund, HealthGap and the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), sent a letter to President Obama, asking him not to allow cuts to PEPFAR and to keep his promise to provide adequate funding for antiretroviral therapy and continued scientific research.
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