EGPAF Applauds U.S. Congress’ Support of Signature PEPFAR Legislation

Today, Congress gave a strong signal to the world of the U.S.'s continued dedication to leading the global effort toward an AIDS-free generation.

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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives followed the U.S. Senate’s lead in passing the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) applauds this legislation’s passage.  It is strong signal of Congressional support for the U.S. global HIV/AIDS response and it will ensure that the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) will continue leading the global effort toward achieving an AIDS-free generation for years to come.

We want to thank the bi-partisan, bi-cameral group of legislators who put this important bill together and ensured it was swiftly brought to President Obama for his signature. The bill’s passage comes just in time for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria’s (Global Fund) upcoming Fourth Replenishment Conference, which will take place in Washington, D.C. on December 3, 2013.

PEPFAR began 10 years ago as a groundbreaking bi-partisan piece of legislation spearheaded by President George W. Bush and Congressional champions who knew that the U.S. government and partners could play a critical role in addressing the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Thanks to PEPFAR’s programs, an HIV infection does not have to be a death sentence in a developing country. Led by the United States, the world is moving toward the elimination of new pediatric HIV infections. And for the first time, we are talking about the real possibility of an AIDS-free generation.

But there is still work to do—this legislation means that PEPFAR can build upon its past successes, and move countries toward sustainability. EGPAF is proud to be a PEPFAR partner as we work towards the end of AIDS.

Katie Lapides Coester is EGPAF’s Public Policy Officer, based in Washington, D.C.