amfAR Welcomes Increased AIDS Funding in President's Budget Proposal,
Including Important Increase for Global Fund
Foundation Voices Concern over Continued Reductions to PEPFAR Program
NEW YORK, April 10, 2013- amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, on Wednesday
welcomed the President's fiscal year 2014 budget proposal, which includes increases in funding for AIDS research and domestic programming,
and a significant increase for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, compared to the fiscal year 2012 budget. But the
Foundation raised concern about the President's continued proposed reductions for bilateral HIV/AIDS funding through the
President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
amfAR also applauded the inclusion of language in the budget proposal that would allow local and state policy makers to
determine for themselves whether to use federal funds for evidence-based syringe services programs. Under current law, use of federal
funds for syringe exchange services is prohibited.
Today amfAR also released an infographic illustrating the stark
differences in the human impact of the House, Senate and White House global AIDS funding proposals for fiscal year 2014.
All AIDS funding faces additional cuts from the automatic across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration, which the Senate
and White House budget proposals seek to undo. amfAR noted in a recent analysis that while savings achieved from sequestration in global health funding will have minimal impact on deficit reduction, their impact on the lives of millions of men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS will be devastating.
"We are pleased to see that the Administration is calling for increased resources for critical programs and research
to combat the AIDS epidemic," said amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost. "In his State of the Union Speech, President Obama reaffirmed
his goal of achieving an AIDS-free generation. We applaud that goal, but recognize that continued investments in AIDS
research and evidence-based programming are essential to success."
The request to cut more funds from PEPFAR runs counter to the vision laid out in the "PEPFAR Blueprint for an AIDS-Free
Generation." That document details a clear approach to accelerate reductions in HIV infection and death rates.
"The Administration's PEPFAR Blueprint for an AIDS-free generation documents the dramatic progress that can be made if
we scale up effective programming," said Chris Collins, amfAR's vice president and director of public policy. "And the Institute of
Medicine just described PEPFAR as playing a 'transformative' role in global health. We applaud the Administration's robust
support of the Global Fund. But the vision of the Administration's own PEPFAR Blueprint cannot be realized if we
gradually scale back our commitment to this highly effective program."
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world's leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy.
Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $340 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide. www.amfar.org
Joana Casas, Program Communications Manager
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Source: amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research
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