Concern Over Plans to Cut AIDS Programme

NGO expresses concern that proposed budget cuts to PEPFAR will reverse Africa’s gains in the fight against HIV/AIDS

Medical aid organisation, Doctors Without Borders /Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), is concerned that proposed budget cuts to a United State programme for HIV treatment around the world threatens the progress being made against the pandemic in Africa.

East Africa policy advisor for the MSF Access Campaign, Jennifer Cohn, is concerned that countries that receive President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) support may begin scaling back their own treatment programmes in anticipation of the cuts.

“In terms of the budget shortfall, I think many problematic things might occur as a result of that, including decreases in treatment, decreases in other sorts of support, and then, sort of a chilling effect on country guidelines themselves,” explains Cohn.

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