The White House has announced a new investment by the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) of $100 million, which will include faith-based organizations.
Vice President Mike Pence announced on Thursday that the $100 million investment will deal with certain gaps in fighting HIV, including using various faith-based groups and communities.
“Honored to speak today at the @WhiteHouse to commemorate the upcoming 30th annual World AIDS Day,” tweeted Vice President Pence on Thursday.
“We have made great progress in recent years, but our work is far from over. And that work will continue until we end the scourge of HIV/AIDS once and for all.”
The investment will go to outreach efforts, as well as preventing sexual violence against children and expanding services with both current and new PEPFAR partners.
Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. global AIDS coordinator, said in a statement released Thursday that religious organizations have been a key part of the effort to combat HIV/AIDS.
“Every step of the way, faith leaders and communities of faith have been cornerstones of PEPFAR’s efforts,” stated Ambassador Birx.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski