CBC Chair Marcia Fudge's Statement on the 10th Anniversary of PEPFAR
CBC Chair Marcia L. Fudge used the 10th anniversary of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to draw attention to the state of the battle against HIV/AIDS.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 20, 2013
CBC Chair Marcia Fudge’s Statement on the 10th Anniversary of PEPFAR
Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia L. Fudge released the following statement on the 10th anniversary of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), an initiative spearheaded by the Congressional Black Caucus and CBC Member Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13). Rep. Lee also serves as Founding Co-Chair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus:
“Eleven years ago the Congressional Black Caucus, under the leadership of then-Chair Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson met with President George Bush, and following that meeting, the Caucus held a series of high-level meetings to discuss the urgent need for a global response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. In December of 2002, the CBC sent President Bush a letter outlining the framework for an expanded U.S. initiative, and soon after, President Bush embraced the idea, and a $15 billion commitment was made to fight HIV and AIDS worldwide.
“Globally, it is estimated that more than 34 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, and Africa remains the continent most heavily impacted by this disease. Rep. Barbara Lee and Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have consistently been outspoken advocates for policies and initiatives which fight AIDS. The most significant being the program that became PEPFAR, now acknowledged as the largest, most effective health program initiated by one country to address a single disease.
“This month, as we celebrate the one-millionth baby who was born HIV-free, we thank the international HIV/AIDS advocacy community, the late Rep. Donald Payne, and Rep. Lee for their leadership and dedication to making awareness, treatment and prevention a priority. Because of their work, significant progress has been made. Millions of lives have been saved and today, we are much closer to having an AIDS-free generation than ever before. But there is more to be done.
“The Congressional Black Caucus joins the HIV/AIDS community in celebrating the advancements we’ve made, and will continue to support programs and effective policies that work to eliminate HIV/AIDS around the world.”
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