Last week, in a joint letter organized by the George W. Bush Institute, the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) and more than 30 leading organizations and leaders called on Congress to reauthorize the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) without further delay. This diverse alliance urges Congress to continue bipartisan support for this lifesaving foreign aid program and is comprised of thought leaders on faith, democracy, human rights, and global health. Fellow signatories include organizations such as Friends of the Global Fight to End AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), the Bipartisan Policy Center, former U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Dr. Mark Dybul, the Carter Center, and the ONE Campaign.
Demonstrating transparency and accountability, PEPFAR is one of the most successful models for effective foreign assistance and has saved millions of lives through data-driven community engagement with partner countries. PEPFAR is aid effectiveness in action and MFAN is a proud co-signer of this letter.
As the letter states, “[PEPFAR] is up for reauthorization. It’s a program that has saved over 25 million lives and allowed 5.5 million babies to be born HIV-free. For 20 years, PEPFAR has enriched communities, pushed on progress for human rights, and supported democracy around the world. It’s one of the greatest bipartisan success stories of the modern era, a testament to what we can accomplish when we focus on the greater good.”
To access the full letter and learn more, click here.