The President´s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, is sometimes describide as George W. Bush´s signature policy achievement – a rare bright spot on decidedly fraugh record, especially overseas. Active in more than 50 countries, many of them in sub-saharan Africa, the program has been essencial in th effort to bring the continet´s HIV/AIDS epidemic under control.
Yet the program´s future seemed to be in jeopardy following Donald Trump´s election last November. In January, a list of questions formulated by his transition team sparked concern among those working on foreign assistance in sub-Saharan Africa – and HIV/AIDS programming in particular. “Is PEPFAR worth the massive investment when there are so many security concerns in Africa?” the questionnaire read. “Is PEPFAR becoming a massive, international entitlement program?”
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