Presentation on theme: "US Funding for HIV/AIDS The PEPFAR Program. “PEPFAR”: the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Proposed $15 billion over 5 years. Funding first."— Presentation transcript:
US Funding for HIV/AIDS The PEPFAR Program
“PEPFAR”: the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Proposed $15 billion over 5 years. Funding first approved in All USG HIV/AIDS money is “PEPFAR” money. Focus on scaling up treatment, prevention and care in 15 countries. Includes funding for research, the contribution to the Global Fund, and spending in more than 100 countries.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation * Figure includes unused funding carried over from FY 2004 Federal Funding for HIV/AIDS: FY 2003 – FY 2007 Global Program/Account USD in Millions FY 2003FY 2004FY 2005FY 2006FY 2007 Budget Request USAID bilateral (Child Survival and Health Fund) $347.2$346.5$325.0 USAID other bilateral economic assistance State Department Global AIDS Initiative (GAI) ,373.91,777.02,794 Foreign Military Financing CDC Global AIDS Program (GAP) CDC GAP PMTCT Department of Defense (DoD) Department of Labor (DOL) Department of Agriculture – Food Aid Subtotal bilateral prevention, care, treatment852.31,4001,918.72,305.43,272.5 Global Fund * Subtotal bilateral prevention, care, treatment & Global Fund 1,2001,812.22,353.72,849.93,572.5 NIH international HIV research CDC international HIV research Total Global (with international research)$1,500$2,112.2$2,737.7$3,220.9$3,940.5
Focus Countries 15 Focus countries: Botswana, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guyana, Haiti, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia 5 “Focus-light” countries: Zimbabwe, Malawi, Russia, India, and Cambodia
Examples of Country Spending Levels Focus countries –South Africa: $148,187,427 –Cote d’Ivoire: $44,375,766 –Vietnam: $27,575,000 Focus-light countries –Russia: $12,920,000 –Cambodia: $14,300,000 Non-focus country –Georgia: $1,100,000 All figures from U.S. State Dept., Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and USAID, FY 2005
Concerns with PEPFAR Areas of Concern: –Earmark for “Abstinence until Marriage” programs –Prostitution pledge requirement Areas of Potential: –Earmark for Palliative Care –Support for substitution therapy (such as methadone) –Legal reforms, such as inheritance rights
PEPFAR and “Abstinence Until Marriage” The US Government Accounting Office found: Ambiguities in the ABC guidance have led to uncertainty in implementation The spending requirements can limit “efforts to design prevention programs that are integrated and responsive to local prevention needs.” Some countries have cut prevention funds in certain areas
Prostitution Pledge Requirement US Law: Prohibits funds from being spent on activities that “promote or advocate the legalization or practice of prostitution and sex trafficking.” Provides that “no funds made available to carry out this Act… may be used to provide assistance to any group or organization that does not have a policy explicitly opposing prostitution and sex trafficking.”
Grounds for Lawsuit The OSI/AOSI lawsuit charges that the “pledge requirement”: Violates the First Amendment by forcing private organizations to adopt the government’s ideology and by restricting what they can say and do with their private funding; and Is unconstitutionally vague, which allows for arbitrary application and violates the First Amendment as well as the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment.
The Court’s Decision The judge issued a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of the pledge requirement “The organizations… seek to cooperate with the Government in furtherance of a shared purpose: combating the devastating consequences of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. They seek to do so, however, without forfeiting the critical role they play in stimulating public discourse on controversial themes… The Policy Requirement, to the extent it prevents NGOs from speaking openly on such questions with their private funds, contravenes our national commitment to open debate and our First Amendment values.” The court’s decision applies directly only to AOSI and Pathfinder, but it could impact many other organizations.
Other US NGOs In Support of the Lawsuit AIDS Action Alan Guttmacher Institute American Foundation for AIDS Research American Humanist Association Center for Health and Gender Equity Center for Reproductive Rights Center for Women Policy Studies Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project Feminist Majority Foundation Gay Men’s Health Crisis Global AIDS Alliance Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley Human Rights Watch Interaction Institute of Human Rights at Emory University International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region International Women’s Health Coalition Physicians for Human Rights Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. Population Action International Population Council Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health and Ethics Sexuality Information and Education Counsel of the U.S.
Palliative Care 15% of PEPFAR funding must be used for palliative care. The State Department uses a very broad definition of palliative care Increasing opiod availability is part of the PEPFAR program, but does not appear to be a focus TB/HIV co-infection is included as part of palliative care
Harm Reduction US can’t fund needle exchange, but can fund wrap-around activities. USAID policy “expressly permits USAID implementing partners to cooperate with other donors and governments that fund activities not permitted with USAID funds (such as the purchase of needles), provided that USAID funds are segregated and coded for separately.” -- USAID Communication to US Congress, February 15, 2005 US can fund substitution therapy, such as methadone. Substance abuse programs may include behavioral models or medication- assisted treatment, or a combination of the two, and should also include case management and counseling services. Medication-assisted treatment that uses methadone, buprenorphine or naltrexone, is an effective option for treatment of heroin dependence. -- US Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, HIV Prevention among Drug Users Guidance #1: Injection Heroin Use, March 2006
Engaging with PEPFAR Engage at country level Feed country level insights into DC advocacy Insist that USG not over-reach on legal requirements Choose messages carefully. Frame requests in terms of meeting prevention, care and treatment goals Decide: –When does the OSI name help or hurt? –Do we have something unique to contribute? –Conflict between implementer and advocate?
Advocacy Examples Monitoring Public Health Watch OSISA Informing policy guidance Commenting on new guidelines for Prevention Among IDUs Commissioning research on substitution therapy to inform scale-up Cultivating new leadership on OSI issues Center for Strategic and International Studies Physicians for Human Rights Changing legal requirements Prostitution Pledge Lawsuit Advocacy through Open Society Policy Center