Senate vote renews US government’s global AIDS programme PEPFAR
17 July 2008
Credit: President's Emergency Plan for
The US Senate has voted on legislation authorizing US$ 48 billion for AIDS, TB and malaria over the next five years. The legislation will replace and expand three-fold the current US$ 15 billion act passed by Congress in 2003 which expires at the end of September.
U.S. President George W. Bush announced the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR/Emergency Plan) in a State of the Union address in 2003. It was the largest commitment ever by a country for an international health initiative dedicated to a single disease.
There are 15 focus countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Caribbean being assisted by the PEPFAR.