Jumat, 02 Desember 2011

Obama was serious about the aids

President Barack Obama has an ambitious goal Thursday for access to life-saving medicines to increase significantly for people with AIDS in the United States and around the world, as he announced a renewed commitment of the United States to stop a pandemic that killed 30 million people.

Obama on AIDS: 'We can beat this disease'
"We can beat this disease," Obama said at an event for World AIDS Day in Washington. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton also participated via satellite.
Obama pledged the support of the United States to help 6 million people in countries most affected by the virus access to antiretroviral drugs by the end of 2013, increasing the target initial 2 million U.S. dollars. He announced plans to increase spending for the treatment of HIV in the United States with 50 million.
"The rate of new infections may go elsewhere, but it does not here in America," he said. "There are communities in this country is still suffering from the disease. If new infections among young people, blacks, homosexuals increased about 50 percent in three years, we must do more to show them that their lives matter. "
As part of the new initiatives of Obama abroad, the U.S. will also focus on anti-retroviral drugs for 1.5 million HIV positive pregnant women to prevent transmission to their children, distributing more than 1 billion condoms in development over the next two years 4.7 million and financing of medical male circumcision in Eastern and Southern Africa over the next two years. The study shows circumcision reduces the risk of HIV infection in women of men over 60 percent.
The new objectives based on the work of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS, which focuses on prevention, treatment and support programs in 15 countries hardest hit by the AIDS pandemic, 12 of them in Africa. Bush launched the plan $ 15 billion in 2003 and 2008, Congress has tripled the budget to $ 48 billion in five years.
Obama praised Bush for his leadership on the reduction of AIDS, saying the program is one of the greatest legacy of the former president.
"This program supporters _ most ambitious leaders also thought to be possible at the time _ has saved thousands and thousands and thousands of lives, has urged international action, and laid the foundations for a global complete that will affect the lives of millions, "said Obama." And we are proud to have the opportunity to continue this work. "
Despite the more ambitious goals of Obama's budget relief program should not increase. Instead, officials said that the objectives of the expansion would be financed by savings from the program more efficient and reduce processing costs.
The President urged other rich countries to meet its financial obligations to a global fund to fight against HIV and AIDS, and those that do not contribute money.
"Countries that do not require a promise to do," he said. "This also applies to China and other major economies are now able to accelerate major donors."
Obama also announced new initiatives for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, the United States The White House says there are 1.2 million Americans living with HIV and 50,000 new infections per year reason to fight. Officials said they were the Ministry of Health and Human Services directly to the financing of home treatment $ 50 million increase
Most new funds _ $ 35 million after the state programs that people with HIV and AIDS have access to drugs for help. There are currently more than 6,500 Americans living with the virus on the waiting list for drugs, according to the White House.
The remaining funds will go to the national HIV clinics across the country, focusing on areas where infections have increased, and the care and treatment are not readily available. Authorities said the clinic will provide additional funds 7,500 patients better access to care.
$ 50 million is already in the HHS budget, and officials said that Barack Obama does not need congressional approval to reallocate funds.
The HIV virus has infected some 60 million people around the world since the deadly pandemic began 30 years ago. Over 33 million people currently living with the virus.
Although the absence of an effective vaccine against HIV is still counteract the medical community, say the experts of scientific research in recent years has led to significant advances in the prevention and treatment of the virus.
Obama has ordered his staff to reassess both their national and international response against HIV and AIDS, this summer after being informed of the progress of science.
Members of both parties praised the new initiatives and praised the Democratic and Republican leaders to respond.
"That's what we do when we work together. We have the leaders of both political parties behind something that works," said Gayle Smith, Senior Director of Obama for development and democracy in the National Security Council .
Tony Fratto, a former spokesman for Bush, urged both sides to avoid the fight against AIDS is a political issue.
"The only way to undermine this historic undertaking, it is as a partisan issue," he said. "The reasons for Barack Obama and George W. Bush can not support the leadership of the United States to deal with this disease can be very different, but what is important is that they have sought the same goal. "

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