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The Success of PEPFAR
In case you missed it this week, NPR ran a story, "How The U.S. Helped Fight The Global AIDS Epidemic," reporting on the effectiveness of President George W. Bush's global health initiative to stem the HIV pandemic. PEPFAR (the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) was announced by President Bush in his 2003 State of the Union speech, and he signed it into law by the end of that year. The program - which designated $15 billion over five years to fight HIV in developing countries - was unprecedented at the time and has had a stunning success rate. The government recently announced that nearly 10 million people around the world now have access to antiviral drugs, and treatment for two-thirds of these people is directly supported by PEPFAR. Funding by PEPFAR to treat HIV-positive mothers has prevented 740,000 infants from getting infected with the virus.
President and Mrs. Bush believe that every human life is precious, and that to whom much is given, much is required. They continue their work inspired by this principle at the Bush Institute through the Global Health initiative’s Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, which provides cervical and breast cancer testing and treatment for women in developing countries so that they may live full, healthy lives.
Margaret Spellings is the president of the George W. Bush Foundation and former U.S. Secretary of Education in the Bush Administration.
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President and Mrs. Bush's Visit to Namibia and Botswana in Photos
They delivered a message to Congress and all Americans: lives in Africa matter.
Building on America’s Leadership in Global Health
The new administration should stay the course as a strong leader in global health. This is a bipartisan effort, as both sides of the aisle have agreed on the importance of health care investments through successive Congresses and administrations, reflecting the priorities of the American people.
7 Things to Know about PEPFAR on World AIDS Day
Today marks World AIDS Day: a day to honor those lost, celebrate the global progress made in the fight against AIDS, and commit to put an end to the disease. In 2003, at the signing ceremony for the legislation that enacted the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), President George W. Bush said, “We believe in the value and dignity of every human life. In the face of preventable death and suffering, we have a moral duty to act, and we are acting.” Since then, PEPFAR has delivered life-saving antiretroviral treatment (ART) to 11.5 million people, and nearly 2 million babies have been born HIV-free with PEPFAR support. PEPFAR’s success contributes to a coordinated global effort to end AIDS. UNAIDS reports that since 2000, 18.2 million people have access to treatment for HIV, new infections of HIV have decreased by over 1 million infections, and AIDS-related deaths have decreased by 1.4 million. There is real hope for endin