Foundation Warns Against US Budget Cuts to PEPFAR, Global Fund

A woman clutches a medicine bottle containing ARV drugs. Budget cuts could put AIDS prevention and treatment programs in sub-Saharan African countries at risk, according to a U.S. foundation focused on pediatric AIDS care and treatment. Photo by: Casey Johnson / IRIN

Reducing the budget of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the U.S.’s contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria could put AIDS prevention and treatment programs in Uganda and other sub-Saharan African countries at risk, a U.S. foundation focused on pediatric AIDS care and treatment said.

“Almost 90 percent of the funding we have is from the U.S. government. And any funding cuts would significantly impact the work we’re doing. But that said, you know, we’ve tried to devise means of being as cost effective as possible. We are learning to offer more services without increasing our budget. So it’s an adjustment we’re making. But any cuts in funding would undeniably affect the work that’s being done,” Edward Bitarakwate, head of the Ugandan office of the U.S.-based Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, told the Voice of America.

The foundation is one of may individuals and organizations who have voiced concerns against plans by member of the U.S. House of Representatives to cut funding for U.S. health programs and the country’s overall foreign aid budget.

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