June 7, 2013
On Thursday, 629 health professionals from across the United States sent a letter [.pdf] to Congressional leaders that outlines the success of PEPFAR and "warns that failure to fund PEPFAR adequately now will reverse the gains" achieved under the 10-year-old program, the Center for Global Health Policy's "Science Speaks" blog reports. The blog notes, "The letter is addressed to Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Barbara Mikulski [D-Md.], Ranking Member Richard Shelby [R-Ala.], Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations Chair Patrick Leahy [D-Vt.] and Ranking Member Lindsey Graham [R-S.C.], House Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rogers [R-Ky.], Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations Chair Kay Granger [R-Texas], and Appropriations Committee and State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee Ranking Member Nita Lowey [D-N.Y.]," the blog notes (Barton, 6/6). The letter states, "[W]e fear that the global AIDS response embodied in PEPFAR is threatened by a retreat in spending just as science has confirmed a set of potent interventions that, if effectively and rapidly deployed, could stop the AIDS epidemic in its tracks. ... We implore you to continue the U.S. leadership that has made an AIDS-free generation an achievable goal in our lifetimes" (6/6).
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