Since 2004, the U.S. government has committed more than $70 billion to bilateral HIV and AIDS programs; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and bilateral tuberculosis programs. These programs have saved the lives of those suffering from HIV and AIDS through life-saving antiretroviral treatment and contributed toward an improvement in the health of women, newborns and children. We continue to support additional funding for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to help move toward the goal of an AIDS-free generation.
The Reach Every Mother and Child Act (REACH Act) was introduced by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Rep. David G. Reichert (R-Wash.). It directs the president to establish a 10-year strategy to work with partner countries and donors to achieve the goal of ending preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths by 2035. Though the bill attracted many co-sponsors, it was not acted upon as time ran out on the legislative calendar. We hope for a reintroduction of the bill in 2017. —Charles Kwuelum