Sen. Durbin Introduces Legislation To Authorize $3.35B in Funding To Fight Global AIDS
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) yesterday introduced a bill (S 250) that would authorize $3.35 billion in the next budget to combat HIV/AIDS worldwide and coordinate the government's response to the pandemic, according to a statement from Durbin's office. The Global Coordination of HIV/AIDS Response Act, or the Global CARE Act, includes four major goals for assisting countries, including:
- Better coordination among U.S. agencies active in the global AIDS fight;
- A "clear articulation" of the comprehensive responses against HIV/AIDS, including prevention, treatment and care initiatives, as well as investment in health systems and economies;
- "Increased accountability" for health and policy initiatives that are operating in countries affected by AIDS; and
- The mobilization of the "most effective human and capacity-building tools" to address the epidemic.