In today’s political climate of partisan gridlock, there are still some opportunities in which bipartisan cooperation can go a long way in helping to uplift the world community as a whole. Through continued support of the Global Fund, to which the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is the largest donor, we can do just that.
PEPFAR, a bipartisan program initiated by President George W. Bush and continued under President Barack Obama, is vital in delivering programs that help prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS and providing both long- and short-term treatment for those already infected.
While working in Kenya with an organization that coordinated HIV/AIDS education programming, I saw firsthand how critical these programs are to saving lives and improving health outcomes, particularly for women.
I call on Rep. Andy Barr, Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, to continue saving lives for the cost of less than 1 percent of the federal budget by protecting funding for the Global Fund and other foreign aid programs in the 2017 budget cycle.