U.S. budget issues are real, but solving them shouldn’t have
to cost lives.
Yet, for millions of women and children living with HIV
and AIDS worldwide this is exactly what will happen if U.S. funding for foreign
aid is slashed.
Tell Congress not to turn their backs on people living
The U.S. foreign aid budget accounts for less than 1
percent of overall federal spending – a relatively small amount and a fraction
of what the U.S. spends on other areas of the budget.
But the return on investment around the world is
U.S. support for HIV/AIDS programs has reached millions
of mothers, children, and families with lifesaving HIV/AIDS prevention, care,
and treatment services.
Foreign assistance programs like the President’s
Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Global Fund for AIDS, TB, and Malaria
have improved the health of women and children thanks to significant U.S.
leadership and commitment.
But this robust support could soon disappear.
Right now, Congress is negotiating a final spending law
that could cut funding for foreign assistance programs, including vital
HIV/AIDS programs, to dramatically low levels.
These cuts are not insignificant. According to the New
York Times, the last time U.S. foreign aid experienced such a drastic reduction
was twenty years ago.
Backpedaling on the progress achieved during this time in
advancing global health would be devastating.
Please speak out on behalf of millions of children and
women living with HIV worldwide. Urge Congress to leave politics aside and do
the right thing – both morally and economically.
Tell your senators and representative to support
funding for HIV/AIDS services and oppose cuts to essential foreign aid
Speak out now!