The budget proposal unveiled yesterday by President Barack Obama is getting negative reviews from some public health advocates. In particular, they say the Global Health Initiative, which targets HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and neglected diseases, is slated for roughly a $300 million cut to about $8.5 billion.
The cuts are "deeply disappointing and a far cry from what [Obama] has promised," Sophie Delaunay, head of Doctors Without Borders said in a statement.
While the 2013 budget calls for increasing spending by $350 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, an analysis by Health Global Access Project (GAP), a nonprofit organization of HIV/AIDS advocates and human rights activists, suggests this is a "bait and switch." That's because the proposed budget also chops more than $500 million from the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).