PEPFAR Reauthorization Passes U.S. Senate


The U.S. Senate recently approved the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The legislation will increase the U.S. contribution to a global fund to combat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Efforts to pare down the bill's approximately $50 billion price tag were rejected. The program originally focused on 15 poor nations. The new legislation expands PEPFAR to help provide prevention and treatment services in over 100 countries.

A provision to the legislation would allow funding for family planning programs in poor nations. The Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator notes that the program has provided services in poor nations, preventing 194,000 HIV infections among infants.

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