USCCB Chairman and Catholic Relief Services Commend Congress for Advancing the PEPFAR Extension Act of 2018

October 15, 2018 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Chair ofthe Committee on International Justice and Peace of the United StatesConference of Catholic Bishops, and Sean Callahan, President and CEO ofCatholic Relief Services (CRS), issue the following statement in response totoday's action regarding the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief(PEPFAR):

Full statement follows:

"We welcome Congressional reauthorization ofPEPFAR, which has so far saved millions of lives, prevented millions of newinfections and supported 6.4 million orphans, vulnerable children and theircaregivers around the world. The action on the PEPFAR Extension Act of 2018 bythe House Foreign Affairs Committee and by the Senate Foreign RelationsCommittee paves the way for final passage and for another five years of U.S.leadership in the fight against HIV, TB and Malaria and the protection andsupport of orphans and vulnerable children.

"Although we have principled concerns aboutcertain aspects of PEPFAR and the Global Fund prevention activities that wefind inconsistent with Catholic teaching and do not implement or advocate forthose activities, overall PEPFAR is one of the most successful global healthprograms in history demonstrating U.S. leadership in saving lives andsafeguarding human dignity of the most vulnerable people. Through the work ofPEPFAR, in partnership with other governments and communities, the U.S. haschanged the course of the AIDS pandemic globally. Since 2003 when it was firstauthorized, PEPFAR has received strong bipartisan support in Congress.

"The legislation also sets U.S. policy for thesupport of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. Health programssupported by the Global Fund partnership have saved 27 million lives as of theend of 2017. Overall, the number of deaths caused by AIDS, TB and malaria eachyear has been reduced by one-third since 2002 in countries where the GlobalFund invests.

"We greatly appreciate the leadership of ChairmenRoyce, Smith and Corker, Ranking Members Engel, Bass and Menendez as well asRepresentatives Barbara Lee and Betty McCollum and Senator Cardin, for theirwork to ensure that children were not forgotten in this bill. Saving lives andprotecting the future of vulnerable children is a proud U.S. legacy thanks tothe U.S. Congress."

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Keywords: United States Conference of CatholicBishops, USCCB, Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Committee on International Justiceand Peace, Sean Callahan, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), President's EmergencyPlan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), PEPFAR Extension Act of 2018, House ForeignAffairs Committee, Senate Foreign Relations Committee HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, orphans,vulnerable children, Global Fund

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