What We’re Reading: Proposed U.S. Budget Cuts Could Result in More Infant Infections
February 24, 2011
Photo: Benjamin Myers
This week Foundation President and CEO Charles Lyons spoke to Voice of America about Saturday’s budget vote by the U.S. House of Representatives. The budget passed by the House would cut more than $800 million in funding for global HIV/AIDS programs, including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund.
Lyons expressed his deep concern over cuts to programs that are working and saving lives. According to PEPFAR estimates, this could result in as many as 100,000 fewer pregnant women who receive services to protect their babies from HIV, potentially leading to 20,000 new infections in infants.
Before the Senate takes up the budget in the next few weeks, the Foundation has been raising its voice to encourage Congress to reverse these drastic and harmful funding reductions.
Click here to read and listen to the interview with Voice of America
Robert Yule is the senior media manager for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.