Urge your members of Congress to sustain funding to the Global Fund and PEPFAR
Background: Since President George W. Bush's administration, the U.S. has supported the Global Fund and President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The programs fund medication, care, treatment, and prevention of tuberculosis, malaria and HIV and AIDS.
It is estimated that Global Fund investments have saved about 27 million lives; and more than 14 million people receive HIV and AIDS treatments globally from PEPFAR. President Donald Trump's administration has proposed reducing U.S. contributions to the Global Fund by 17 percent compared to existing funding levels.
Bills (S. 3476/H.R. 6651) have been introduced to reauthorize the PEPFAR program by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Rep. Christopher Smith (R-N.J.) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.). But the future of U.S. support for the Global Fund is uncertain as it enters its next replenishment phase.
Faith reflection: We are called to pray for all who have been impacted by HIV and AIDS (James 5:6) and our policymakers. "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity." (1 Timothy 2:1-2). More worship resources.
Action: Urge your members of Congress to sustain funding to the Global Fund and PEPFAR.
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