Bread for the World Celebrates Passage of Funding for AIDS Program
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Washington, DC, November 21, 2013
Bread for the World applauds Congress for passing the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013. It extends important provisions and reporting requirements that will help strengthen the program, which has widely been credited for curtailing AIDS in Africa and other developing countries.
“It is refreshing that both houses of Congress could move so quickly to pass this monumental bill at a time when political brinksmanship has taken precedence over important decisions that impact hungry and poor people worldwide,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “We applaud Congress for its bipartisan support of PEPFAR.”
Since its inception, PEPFAR’s impact has been profound. As of Sept. 30, 2012, the U.S. had directly supported more than 5.1 million people on antiretroviral treatment (ART) through PEPFAR. This number is up from 1.7 million in 2008—a three-fold increase in only four years. According to a memo to lawmakers on the bill, the PEPFAR program remains the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease internationally.
“Throughout the Bush era, Bread for the World advocated for comprehensive legislation for combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic worldwide,” added Beckmann. “Thanks to PEPFAR, nearly 6 million people are now receiving life-saving antiretroviral treatment and, earlier this year, the one-millionth baby was born HIV-free due to PEPFAR support.”
The PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013 moved quickly through both chambers of Congress under the leadership of a bipartisan team in Congress. It was composed of Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Bob Corker (R-Texas), as well as Reps. Elliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.).
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Kristen Y. Archer, Media Relations Manager, 202-688-1118
Fito Moreno, Media Relations Specialist, 202-688-1138