This is solely recorded information, the numbers are higher because rural areas and indigenous tribes are impossible to count.
81% of those living with AIDS live in AfricaAs you can see it really affects their way of life as a large portion of the population is affected. Medicine is hard to afford in rural areas but some US aid and volunteers has really helped the area, without it there would be probably no development.AIDS is unfortunately prevalent in poor areas with little education so many do not know how to prevent the disease or how to deal with it.
1999 Clinton: Leadership and Investment in Fighting an Epidemic Initiative focuses on 14 African countries and India, made AIDS medicine affordableIn 2002, President Bush announced the International Mother and Child HIV Prevention Initiative focused on 12 African and 2 Caribbean countries, Bush was interested in helping those in areas where muslim extremist groups could recruit people with AIDS for suicide attacksPEPFAR [President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief,] authorized up to $15 billion over 5 years to bilateral programs and multilateral contributions to global fund to fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria.2009 Malaria funding was separatePEPFAR has created partnerships with more then 15 countries both receiving and giving AIDS fundingObama supports funding all HIV/AIDS programs, organizations and research $63 billion over 6 years…up to 8.3 billion a year from 6.6Funding has helped AIDS education, research, awareness and prevention
Currently in order to distribute AIDS funding an official has to bring the idea up to congress and they have to vote on it. The idea can come from interest groups, health/AIDS organizations or American citizens. If it passes the funds are appropriated, if not its not. Large donors rarely provide money directly to organizations at the community level. Instead, they generally give funding to ‘intermediary’ groups, such as government-run AIDS bodies and regional NGOs, who then pass that money on to the community levelCommunity organizations will use the funding to support their immediate areaSome funding will be lost due to transactions such as with the Product RED t-shirts
Staying democratic allows voters to increase or decrease the budget. It allows for fluid movements of American aid and balances the power of higher officials. It also ensures that the US will continue to support the AIDS epidemic in case the higher officials such as the President want to appropriate the money elsewhere.Without democratic principles the funds could runaway or deteriorate all together. It is important to continue funding because without it many families will be hurt by the disease. And the economy of developing nations will suffer
Should the US remove the condition of democratic practices before giving monies for AIDS relief?<br />By Alex Baker<br />
Facts<br />December 1st is AIDS awareness day<br />In 2008 33.4 million people living with HIV, 2 million died from AIDS<br />Women represent 59% , young people 40%<br />2.1 million children in 2008, 17.5 million aids orphans<br />81% of AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa (22.4 million)<br />
Highly affected areas<br />Majority of US funding goes to Africa, India and the Caribbean<br />
Africa: the largest recipient<br />http://healthmap.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/aids-graphic.jpg<br />
US Activity<br />1986 began funding<br />1999 President Clinton’s L.I.F.E.<br />2002 George Bush<br />2003 PEPFAR $15 billion<br />2008 additional 5 years, $48 billion<br />2009 Congress appropriated $6.6 billion<br />Partnerships<br />Obama’s Global Health Initiative $63 billion over 6 years<br />Product RED<br />
options<br />Option One: Stay democratic. Continue the necessity of Congress to approve the government budget for AIDS relief.<br />Option Two: Remove the necessity for Congress approval to appropriate funding. Allow head officials to make the decision without consent of voters or representatives.<br />Option Three: Cease all government funding and allow for private organizations to take over the issue. <br />
Solution<br />Option One: Stay democratic. Continue the necessity of Congress to approve the government budget for AIDS relief.<br />President Obama said, “Let’s also recommit ourselves to building on the tremendous progress we’ve made both in preventing and treating the disease and ending the stigma and discrimination that too often surround.”<br />