WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As U.S. President Barack Obama embarks on an official trip to Africa, advocates from AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the African Council of AIDS Service Organizations (AfriCASO) and AIDS patients will host a press conference in Dakar, Senegal, Wednesday, June 26th, the first stop on Obama’s Africa journey. At the press conference, advocates will decry funding cuts made by the Obama administration to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the landmark US global AIDS program which has saved millions of lives worldwide. Advocates and patients will also urge President Obama to continue to honor the United States’ commitment to the respected AIDS program. Obama—the first US president to ever cut AIDS funding—cut over $210 million from global AIDS programs in his Fiscal-Year 2013 Budget. In contrast, the Washington Post newspaper reported last week that the President’s Africa trip could cost between $60 to $100 million.
Press Conference—Africans Say, “President Obama: No Retreat on AIDS!”
WEDNESDAY, June 26th 2013 10:30 am - 13:30 pm
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- Mr. Ibrahima Keïta, African Council of AIDS Service Organizations (AfriCASO)
- Ms. Miata Jambawai, AHF Country Program Manager, Sierra Leone
- Other speakers To be Determined (TBD)
Video Clip—Archbishop Desmond Tutu: “President Obama: Keep the Promise on AIDS”
- Newspaper advocacy ad: ‘Mr. President: No Retreat on AIDS’ running in two Senegalese newspapers: L'Observateur (June 26) and Le Soleil (June 27)
“No Retreat on AIDS” Ad to Run in Senegal; Desmond Tutu’s “Keep the Promise on AIDS” Video
In response to President Obama’s global AIDS funding cuts and in conjunction with his African visit, AHF advocates are also running a ‘President Obama: No Retreat on AIDS’ advocacy ad in two prominent Senegalese newspapers: L'Observateur (June 26) and Le Soleil (June 27).
At the press conference, AHF and AfriCASO will also play a video message from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, recorded last summer for the ‘Keep the Promise on AIDS’ Rally & March which took place the opening day of the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC. In his video message, Archbishop Tutu gently chides President Obama to “Keep the promise on AIDS.”
Our mission: AfriCASO is a coordination mechanism and represents the voice of African civil society organizations. AfriCASO's mission is to promote and facilitate the development of the community response to HIV/AIDS through networking and the development of sustainable organizational systems for NGOs, OCB, and groups of people living with HIV.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider in the USA. AHF currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 200,000 individuals in 28 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Asia. Additional information is available at www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter & Instagram: @AIDSHealthcare