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Bush Lauds Progress in Global Fight Against AIDS

Bush Lauds Progress in Global Fight Against AIDS

S President George Bush makes a statement on Iraq in Washington. Photograph (Ron Edmonds / AP)


December 01, 2008

WASHINGTON — Marking World AIDS Day, President Bush said Monday that his presidential initiative on the deadly disease has already met its goal of treating 2 million people in sub-Saharan Africa.

When the administration launched the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief in 2003, the goal was to support 2 million people with lifesaving antiretroviral treatment in five years.

“I’m pleased to announce that we have exceeded that goal early,” Bush said standing with first lady Laura Bush on the North Lawn of the White House decorated with a giant red ribbon to mark the occasion. “The American people through PEPFAR are supporting lifesaving treatment for more than 2 million people around the world.”

When the program began, only 50,000 people living with HIV in all of sub-Sahara Africa were receiving antiretroviral treatment, he said. In addition, the U.S. has supported care for more than 10 million people around the world who are affected by HIV, including more than 4 million orphans and vulnerable children.

“More than 237,000 babies have been born HIV free, thanks to the support of the American people for programs to prevent mothers from passing the virus on to their children,” Bush said.

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