President Bush’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has never been given the credit or attention which its success merits, contends Joe Loconte of Pepperdine University. The PEPFAR program has thus far been responsible for providing medication to 1.4 million AIDS patients primarily in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean and Bush announced in his final State of the Union address that he plans to dramatically increase the PEPFAR budget in the future. Bush linked the initiative to America’s conscience as well as its national security interests, and even passionate critics of the current administration admit the initiative’s value. Internationally, there is concern that PEPFAR will not be carried on by Bush’s successor and given the lack of attention which it has received in the US, this does not seem unlikely.
The Weekly Standard, January 30, 2008
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