In his State of the Union address, President Obama layed out his vision for the next four years, and he recognized the importance of realizing an AIDS free generation. Despite this recognition in his SOTU, he is seriously considering slashing funding to fight global AIDS in his Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal. We need your help to make sure that lifesaving global health programs don't get cut!
Call the White House to demand that AIDS funding for PEPFAR and the Global Fund is increased in the President's budget proposal. President Obama will make final decisions on his fiscal year 2014 budget request in the coming days - including the final numbers for the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.
Call and Tweet the President TODAY!
To call the white house: call the White House switchboard at 202-456-1111
Call In Script:
My name is ---------- and I'm calling to urge President Obama to increase funding for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Global Fund in his fiscal year 2014 budget. The President needs to protect and expand PEPFAR at $5.027 billion, and contribute to the Global Fund at $2.0 billion in FY 2014. We can end the AIDS pandemic if the President commits to funding global AIDS programs at these levels. I hope that President Obama will choose to be the President who ends AIDS."
To Tweet the White House:
@whitehouse Fund the end of AIDS. Increase funding to PEPFAR and Global Fund. #EndAIDS #dontcutnow
The President's budget will have a critical impact on global health financing this year. With a Global Fund replenishment conference set for fall 2013, the President's request level will send an important signal to other donors. A low budget request from the President for the Global Fund will influence the funding levels of other donor countries for the next three years.
As the largest program focused on beginning to end the AIDS pandemic, PEPFAR plays a vital role in tackling AIDS. The new PEPFAR Blueprint for an AIDS Free Generation calls for rapid scale up of core AIDS services, including treatment, which will lead to accelerated declines in HIV infection and mortality
Both of these programs must be funded adequately for us to begin to end the AIDS pandemic - we cannot cut PEPFAR to fund the Global Fund. Robbing Peter to pay Paul has never done any good.
We cannot turn away from the opportunity to end AIDS now. Global health funding is only one quarter of one percent of the federal budget. We can afford to increase investments in global health even in difficult fiscal times.
Please call the White House today.