amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

amfAR Congratulates President Barack Obama on Re-Election, Citing Important Advances Against the AIDS Epidemic Under His Leadership

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amfAR Congratulates President Barack Obama on Re-Election, Citing Important Advances Against the AIDS Epidemic Under His Leadership 

NEW YORK, November 7, 2012—amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research on Wednesday congratulated President Barack Obama on his re-election and pledged to continue to work with the Administration to end the AIDS epidemic domestically and globally.

“During the past four years, the Obama Administration has demonstrated a willingness to invest in evidence-based, scientific solutions to help us begin to end the AIDS epidemic,” said amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost, a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). “While we still have much work to do, the Administration has a very strong track record in fighting the epidemic both at home and abroad.”

Under President Obama’s leadership the Administration developed the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS); led efforts to pass the Affordable Care Act, which will expand health care to thousands of people living with HIV; and worked for needed increases in funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as well as domestic AIDS services. President Obama himself has declared that “we can end this epidemic,” and he set accelerated targets for delivery of evidence-based interventions.

Looking ahead, the Administration has said it will release a blueprint providing a “roadmap” for pursuing an “AIDS-free generation.” amfAR looks forward to working with the Administration to help implement the blueprint’s recommendations and to secure necessary funding increases for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Global Fund, AIDS research at the National Institutes of Health, and domestic HIV-related services.

“Along with the passage of health reform, the release of the Strategy, and funding increases on the domestic front, the Obama Administration has continued to scale up effective services and improved the response for most-at-risk populations globally,” said Chris Collins, amfAR’s vice president and director of public policy. “We look forward to working with the Administration to make further progress in all of the areas necessary to achieve an ‘AIDS-free generation.’”

About amfAR  

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $366 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide.