This is a pivotal moment in the global AIDS epidemic. The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS,
Tuberculosis and Malaria are tremendously successful. There are clear signs of progress, with lower mortality and falling HIV infection rates across sub-Saharan Africa.
And recent scientific advances give us new tools to change the course of the epidemic.
Your fiscal year 2012 budget request is particularly crucial this year. As you prepare your budget request please consider:
Please request a substantial increase in global AIDS and health funding in your budget. In doing so you will send the unequivocal message that America will not retreat
from our leadership on global AIDS; we will not abandon the millions of poor men, women and children in Africa and elsewhere who are living with or at risk for HIV
infection. Rather, we will continue to make progress in saving lives and ensuring that the scientific breakthroughs made possible by American ingenuity and U.S.
taxpayers’ hard earned dollars benefit those who need them the most in the U.S. and around the world.
David Bangsberg, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; Director,
Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health
Jim Yong Kim, MD, PhD, President, Dartmouth College