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Scientists, Global Health Advocates Call For Strengthening PEPFAR In Letter To Obama

“Three weeks after President Obamas budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 appeared, sustaining support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, while cutting funds to [PEPFAR], and hacking global TB funding, physicians, scientists, and global health advocates are weighing in,” the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports. “A letter [.pdf] sent to President Obama [Thursday] from 21 organizations that are part of the Global AIDS Policy Partnership, begins by expressing appreciation for the administration’s leadership, highlighted by the Blueprint [for an AIDS-Free Generation], and by its continued investment in the global AIDS response demonstrated by its support for the Global Fund,” the blog notes, adding, “But those commitments, the letter tells the president, make the proposed cuts all the more damaging, as they will derail planned progress.” The blog notes, “The signers, which include amfAR: The Foundation for AIDS Research, AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Treatment Action Group, the HIV Medicine Association, and the IDSA Center for Global Health Policy, which produces this blog, urge the president to support congressional efforts to strengthen PEPFAR above the budget request, while defending its Global Fund request” (Barton, 5/2).