Messinger: US Backing out on AIDS Fight

The U.S. foreign assistance for combating AIDS has reaped successes, particularly in Uganda where some 200,000 individuals receive rationed medicines to survive. However, advocates and health workers now fear of the world’s largest donor backing out on the fight following the Obama administration’s move toward cost-effective health interventions, veering from the pricier AIDS support.

“Shifting our focus to cost-effective — albeit vital — programs at the expense of holistic strategies that include fighting AIDS is neither strategic nor morally sound,” Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, stresses in a blog for Change.org. 

Messinger reacts on the government’s resolve to pour out funds for childhood diseases and maternal health while decreasing aid for AIDS fight. She fears that the epidemic will grow to the 1990s’ level if the policy continues.  

“Instead of losing ground on one front in order to gain on another, we should explore creative methods to finance all the work that needs to be done by demanding a stronger commitment from global leaders and the U.S. Congress,” Messinger adds.

She seeks for the backing of the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act that prompts the U.S. government to improve its development coordination and the USAID to strengthen its strategic planning.

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