WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) met with Congresswoman Carolyn Kilpatrick and numerous global health and HIV/AIDS groups today to discuss the need for increased funding and effective implementation of HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention programs. Hoyer released the following statement after the meeting:
“The meeting today was a very substantive and helpful conversation about what needs to be done to wage a more successful war against HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.
"I appreciate Congresswoman Carolyn Kilpatrick's hard work on this issue that is vitally important to our nation's health and security and that of the world. Congresswoman Kilpatrick's keen insight into the history of funding for international HIV/AIDS programs is key to the past and future success of obtaining funding sufficient to impact the world pandemic.
“It is clear that Congress should fully fund the $15 billion it authorized to fight HIV/AIDS. It is also clear that we need to address implementation problems on the ground in order to ensure we save as many lives and prevent as many infections as possible.
“I have traveled to two countries during the past year which have been deeply affected by HIV/AIDS, South Africa and India. I learned about the extent of the pandemic and the challenges facing these countries to combat this disease, and why it is so imperative that the United States participate fully in the global fight.
“I look forward to continuing to work with Congresswoman Kilpatrick and the global health and HIV/AIDS groups with which I met today as the Fiscal Year 2005 Appropriations process unfolds, in order to wage the war on HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.”