Though there are many issues that the global economic crisis has hit the budget for AIDS treatment, the United States is still the leading country in fighting it. Though there have been negative rumors that questioning the US global AIDS fighting programs, the United States is still the biggest global donor provider to fight HIV/AIDS.
According to Eric Goosby, the US Global AIDS Coordinator, on the previous May 12th 2010, the United States has been providing more than 50% of the global fund for AIDS fighting programs.. Indeed the United States has its own programs and contributions in fighting global AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis. For instance, the Uganda project in which the United States has provided $280millions per year for the AIDS treatments.
The United States is expanding the AIDS fighting program in Pepfar countries. Pepfar policy was created by President George W. Bush and the US Congress in year 2003. Pepfar shorts for the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief. Its first aim is to provide antiretroviral treatment (ART) to the AIDS victims. Pepfar’s priority is especially for the poor countries with most AIDS victims. At present, Pepfar has 15 countries as its members – Botswana, Cote d’lvoire, Ethiopia, Guyana, Haiti, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zambia. The United States has donated $15 billion for Pepfar countries and programs in five years (2003-2008).
According to Robert Hecht, the Principal and Managing Director of Results for Development Institute, there are many other ways to save lives even money is tight, such as decrease the health workers and drugs costs, focus the AIDS prevention on sex workers or other crucial targets, and provide the funding only for poor countries (middle-income countries such as China, Thailand and Ukraine must provide for themselves).
However, fighting AIDS is not only the US’ responsibility. All countries in the world are encouraged to participate in this action. The United States is positive that by 2014, they will be supporting the AIDS treatments for more than four-million victims. Together we can make it happen.