The State Department announces the progress of the United States. UU In the fight against HIV and AIDS around the world, but NGOs warn that the Trump government's plans to drastically reduce AIDS funding could generate millions of infected and many dying.
from President Trump, continues to spearhead the global response to HIV / AIDS, "said Assistant Secretary of State John Sullivan at a State Department event on Thursday to commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1." We are closer than ever to ending this pandemic, "he said.
A new report from ONE Campaign, an international non-profit organization focused on poverty and preventable disease, argues that budget cuts proposed by the administration would disrupt everything. the progress made to date, just when the end of the disease is in sight.
Trump's budget "would have led to the first global increase in new HIV infections since 1995, with almost 200,000 additional HIV infections in the world. first year, "according to the report," red ribbon or white flag? The future of the Global AIDS Response of the United States. "
In its budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, the Trump administration proposed to reduce some $ 800 million from the global fight against HIV and AIDS, including the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program that former President George W. Bush established in 2003. PEPFAR has provided treatment to nearly 8 million people infected with HIV in developing countries and is estimated to have saved 11 million lives.
The proposed new cuts If they are enacted, they could oblige initiatives such as PEPFAR to reduce their treatment programs, which could generate 26 million additional infections and 4 million additional deaths over the next 15 years in sub-Saharan Africa alone, according to the report. billions of dollars that Congress has already invested in the fight against AIDS will be wasted at the moment when the control of the disease is in sight. "
The proposal The proposed budget by the Trump administration requires the total elimination of seven funds from the PEPFAR countries – Brazil, Djibouti, Liberia, Mali, Nepal, Senegal and Sierra Leone – and the reduction of funds to 17 countries, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Other countries in sub-Saharan Africa still struggling to recover from the disease: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia. Seventy percent of the nearly 37 million people with HIV / AIDS worldwide are in sub-Saharan Africa, and only half receive treatment.
EE. UU The Global AIDS Ambbadador, Ambbadador Deborah Birx, refused to respond to the ONE Campaign report, but told reporters on Thursday that the United States has "dramatically increased the results" in 2017 even with a fixed budget, and that lower funding It does not mean a reduced commitment. 19659002] "Translating that money into the most effective programs that can achieve the most lives in the most impactful way, that's our job," he said.
ONE Campaign spokesman Sean Simons said defense groups are pinning their hopes on Congress to stop Trump's plan. "If the Trump administration is once again trying to cut funding for global HIV / AIDS programs in the future, Congress should do what is responsible and restore the money," he said.
On Wednesday, a group of 40 defense groups sent a Letter to Congress urging them to reverse the Trump administration's plans to cut global health funds. "We are writing to sound the alarm," the letter said.
Legislators on both sides of the aisle have rejected the budget proposals of the Trump administration, especially the drastic cuts to the State Department and USAID. Senator Ben Cardin, D-Md., A senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, pointed to the proposed PEPFAR cuts on Friday.
"Success is possible," he said. "Reducing funding now, reducing our commitment now, instead of maintaining it, will negate the investments and progress we have made so far."