A renewed commitment to saving lives has never been more critical. Despite the significant success of the United States bilateral relief efforts the global fight against AIDS is now at risk of failure. This is unacceptable.
This May, President Obama's Office of National AIDS Policy held a meeting to discuss how to tackle the U.S. epidemic. What made this meeting different from past iterations was the diverse group of people in attendance.
Last week brought more news about how the global fight against HIV/AIDS and TB is losing crucial momentum after years of promise and progress. President Obama must step up and provide bold leadership on these crucial issues.
There are currently 33 million people infected with HIV. Each year about a million people are newly infected. If we cut funding for AIDS programs now, future costs to stem the epidemic will only increase.
If we aim to lead the world toward a more comprehensive approach to global health, we must be willing to fund it. The fiscal year 2011 budget should include increased investments in addressing the deadliest infectious diseases.
Part of Obama's message is most assuredly that US assistance, heretofore strong and, at times, unquestioning, may in the future be linked to a compelling proof of democracy, openness and good governance.