HIV/AIDS Funding Must Account for Women and Girls

We’re pleased to announce some exciting news regarding our HIV/AIDS work.

As you may know, with the economic crisis and ongoing uncertainties about government spending, many HIV/AIDS advocates have become increasingly concerned that resources are not sufficient to continue progress toward universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support.  There is also growing momentum for investment in other relatively neglected aspects of health, including the reduction of maternal mortality, which would amplify competition for already scarce health funds.  IWHC firmly believes that that overall funding across the health sector must be increased, existing funds must be used more effectively, and more attention must be paid to the needs of girls and women.

Within this context we have just published a letter to the editor in the New York Times in response to the July 16 editorial “Fighting AIDS on Limited Budgets.”  In the letter, IWHC President Adrienne Germain acknowledges the need for continued vaccine research, while also advocating for more resources for programs that empower girls and women, as they are increasingly affected by AIDS cases both in the US and internationally.

Our letter was published alongside an op-ed by Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu and a response to the same article by the U.S. government’s highest global AIDS official, Eric Goosby.  We work closely with Ambassador Goosby and welcome his response.  At the same time, we are working to increase U.S. foreign assistance for health, particularly to meet the needs of women and girls, and strongly support the Administration’s Global Health Initiative.

For more information on IWHC’s work around HIV/AIDS, click here.



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