Both last week and this week, Health GAP staff and allies have been in Johannesburg, South Africa for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Country Operational Plan (COP) Reviews. These two rounds of three-day intensive meetings with PEPFAR staff, representatives from country governments, civil society, UNAIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the World Health Organization, will determine how billions of dollars in funding for HIV treatment and prevention will be spent between 2016 and 2017 in some of the highest burden countries and communities around the world.Read more
The next president of the United States could accelerate the end of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. Scaling up investment on PEPFAR & The Global Fund during their first term could double the number of people on treatment worldwide from 15 million to 30 million by 2020.
What does each candidate plan to do?
Health GAP and a coalition of AIDS advocacy organizations sent a survey to every presidential candidate to assess their plans for the domestic and global HIV response. You can read the full questionnaire and candidate responses here."
The questionnaire was created by a non-partisan coalition of organizations that do not endorse any candidate or political party.
What are we asking them to do?
We are asking every candidate to make the commitments needed to ensure that the world is on track to end the epidemic as we know it by 2030. To do this, the next president of the United States must commit to double the number of people directly supported by the U.S. on life-saving treatment by 2020.
Earlier in the campaign season, we and other global health activists asked every candidate to commit to this Presidential Pledge for a Healthier, More Secure, and AIDS-Free World.
In April 2016, we worked with domestic and global AIDS organizations to produce a consensus document entitled Revitalizing the United States Response to End AIDS as an Epidemic, which we shared with Hillary Clinton at our meeting with her in New York on May 12th, 2016, and with Bernie Sanders in San Bernardino on May 25, 2016.
In August 2016, we wrote a letter to Secretary Hillary Clinton as a member of the Ad Hoc National Coalition to End the AIDS Epidemic with next steps for her campaign.
How can you help?
There are a number of ways you can get involved.
1) SIGN THE PETITION – Tell Hillary Clinton we need her leadership in the global AIDS response.
2) JOIN THE MOVEMENT – If you are a student or young person, get involved with the Student Global AIDS Campaign.
4) DEMAMD LEADERSHIP – Ask the US presidential candidates to show their commitment by taking this pledge.