The President's Budget request is in, and it isn't great for global AIDS programs. The President originally pledged $1.65 billion for the Global Fund, under the condition that the amount was matched at 2-to-1 by other Global Fund contributors. With the pledge only matched up to $1.35 billion, the remaining $300 million should have been kept in global AIDS programs by moving the funds into PEPFAR.
Instead, the President's budget request for FY '15 leaves global AIDS $300M short from FY '14 levels, a cut that would relegate about 1 million patients to wait lists who were scheduled to being treatment.
This month, members of Congress will be submitting their wish lists to the Appropriations Committee -- let's get them to fight back against these cuts and fully fund PEPFAR!