NPR  |  February 12, 2019

Even maintaining the status quo for global AIDS programs will leave millions of vulnerable people around the world — and Trump’s promise — out of reach, says Matt Kavanagh, director of the Global Health Policy & Governance Initiative at Georgetown Law.

“I’m deeply worried that they haven’t had a change in thinking about [funding for global AIDS programs],” he says. “If the Trump administration wanted to get ahead of AIDS in other parts of the world, then it should find a billion dollars. It’s worth noting how little of the total federal budget this is, and you could really transform these programs. But if you don’t put the money in, then the [State of the Union] promise is deeply cynical.”

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