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President Bush Announces Five-Year, $30 Billion HIV/AIDS Plan

President George W. Bush holds Baron Mosima Loyiso Tantoh
President George W. Bush holds Baron Mosima Loyiso Tantoh in the Rose Garden of the White House Wednesday, May 30, 2007, after delivering a statement on PEPFAR. White House photo by Eric Draper

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. President George Bush announced May 30 that he would work with Congress to double the U.S. commitment to fight HIV/AIDS around the world to $30 billion and reauthorize the legislation that established the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). If Congress meets the president's budget request for fiscal year 2008, and with the new $30 billion proposal, the American people will have committed $48.3 billion over 10 years to fight HIV/AIDS. The U.S. contribution is already the largest international health initiative dedicated to a specific disease.

PEPFAR is "a promising start, yet without further action, the legislation that funded this emergency plan is set to expire in 2008," Bush said during a press briefing. "I ask Congress to demonstrate America's continuing commitment to fighting the scourge of HIV/AIDS by reauthorizing this legislation now."

The added $15 billion, he said, "will be spent wisely through the establishment of partnership compacts with host nations. These compacts would ensure that U.S. funds support programs that have the greatest possible impact and are sustainable for the future."

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If the plan is approved, the United States will work with governments, the private sector, and faith- and community-based organizations worldwide, Bush said, to support treatment for nearly 2.5 million people, to prevent more than 12 million new infections, and to support care for 12 million people, including more than 5 million orphans and vulnerable children.

The president also announced that through March 31 -- after three years of PEPFAR implementation -- the United States has supported treatment for 1.1 million people in the 15 focus countries, including more than 1 million in Africa. The focus countries are Botswana, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guyana, Haiti, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia.