Obama plans to make the US emergency AIDS plan a sustainable programme

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 19 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2022
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

    Four themes underlie the global health initiative proposed by the Obama administration in the budget released earlier this month, presidential adviser Ezekiel Emanuel, a doctor, explained in a 14 May webcast.

    “The idea is not to attack disease by disease but to now begin to think more holistically, across many diseases, and across the many underlying causes of these diseases, and to try to build infrastructure.”

    Dr Emanuel said that the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which was set up by President George Bush in 2003, was an emergency initiative and that the goal now is to turn the programme “into a more sustainable effort” by creating the necessary physical and human infrastructure. Direct funding …

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