More Work to be Done on AIDS Relief
More Work to be Done on AIDS ReliefWashington Post, March 21, 2008
Letter to the Editor
Re: "The AIDS Relief Miracle"
To the Editor:
During the past five years, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS
Relief helped increase the number of people on treatment to 1.4 million
in Africa—a laudable achievement. However, this does not alter the fact
that for every person put on treatment, six people are newly infected.
The idea that we don't need to redouble our prevention efforts divorces
logic from reality.
Some of our own government agencies project that the addition of family planning services could double the effectiveness of programs that prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child. Unfortunately, family planning services for HIV-positive women were sacrificed on the altar of political expediency during congressional consideration of the global HIV-AIDS programs.
Vice President, International Policy and Regional Programs
International Women's Health Coalition
Originally published in the Washington Post, March 21, 2008. Reprinted with permission.