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November 5, 2008

US Health Aid Beyond PEPFAR: The Mother & Child Campaign

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Bioethics, the Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.

JAMA. 2008;300(17):2048-2051. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.556

One of the George W. Bush administration's biggest successes has been the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).1 Even the president's critics acknowledge the important benefits PEPFAR has produced, both for those countries most seriously affected by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/AIDS and for the United States' moral legitimacy and diplomatic reputation. It was accordingly unsurprising that the president used his final State of the Union address to call for a doubling of PEPFAR's funds. Congress recently went even further, appropriating nearly $50 billion for the program's renewal.1