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Bush better than Obama on Aids in Africa

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    Njowepo JF-Expert Member

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    Obama pledged to increase Pepfar spending by $1b a year, but in his first budget, called for only $165m in new funds
    By KEVIN J. KELLEY (email the author)
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    Posted Monday, December 14 2009 at 00:00
    In Summary
    · Close to 300,000 Kenyans, 197,000 Tanzanians and 175,000 Ugandans were receiving anti-viral drugs as of September 30.
    · The programme helps support care for 10 million Africans who have contracted Aids.
    · Aids-related death rates in Kenya have dropped by 29 per cent since 2002, while the overall Aids mortality rate for sub-Saharan Africa has fallen 18 per cent since 2004.
    · Over the past five years, an average of 500,000 people with Aids were added to the treatment roster each year
    · By 2014, according to this new plan, about 4 million people worldwide will be receiving anti-viral drugs through Pepfar.
    · The overall Aids mortality rate for sub-Saharan Africa has fallen 18 per cent since 2004
    Activists are expressing disappointment with President Barack Obama’s plans for the Aids treatment programme in Africa, charging that he has fallen short of the achievements of his predecessor, George W. Bush.
    “President Obama has all but failed to fulfil his commitments to wage an aggressive battle against global Aids,” a coalition of Aids-focused groups declared last week, assigning him a grade of D+ for his performance to date.
    Gregg Gonsalves, a leading US anti-Aids campaigner, warned an audience in New York last week, “I am about to say something shocking: I miss George W Bush.”
    In many respects, Gonsalves continued, Bush was a terrible president, but “he was exceptional in one. The President’s Emergency Programme for Aids Relief (Pepfar), despite its flaws, saved millions of lives around the world.”
    Obama, by contrast, is not providing the resources needed to sustain the rate of growth in the number of HIV-positive Africans who receive ant-viral treatments through Pepfar.
    That trend prompted Dr Peter Mugyenyi, director of a Uganda Aids clinic, to express fear that “the carnage of Aids will once again surge and the obvious success we have seen of Pepfar may begin to be reversed.”
    Since its inception in 2004, Pepfar has provided anti-viral treatments to nearly 2.5 million people with Aids.
    The programme targets 15 poor countries, 12 of them in black Africa.
    Kenya ranks as the single-biggest beneficiary of this aspect of Pepfar, with close to 300,000 Kenyans receiving anti-viral drugs as of September 30.
    Nigeria has the world’s second-highest number of Pepfar treatment recipients: 286,000. Some 197,000 Tanzanians are getting anti-viral medications through the programme, as are 175,000 Ugandans.
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    The programme also helps support care for 10 million Africans who have contracted Aids.
    Aids activists such as Gonzales acknowledge that Pepfar has been enormously beneficial, and they also salute Obama’s decision to end a ban on entry to the United States by HIV-positive travellers.
    Due in part to Pepfar, Aids-related death rates in Kenya have dropped by 29 per cent since 2002, while the overall Aids mortality rate for sub-Saharan Africa has fallen 18 per cent since 2004.
    A $19 billion US funding commitment for Pepfar over the past five years enabled an average of 500,000 people with Aids to be added to the treatment roster each year.
     
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    Bush amekaa miaka nane madarakani obama ana miezi kama 10 na nusu madaraka wapi na wapi comparison hiyo......ngoja amalize muda wake hapo ndo tutafanya true analysis.... is too early to make comparison mazee.
     
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    Recession hiyo wazee, tutaumia sana.
     
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    Nchi za Africa inabidi zijifunze kuhudumia wananchi wake bila kutegemea misaada.
    We have all natural resources on earth but we can't manage to improve the life of our own peoples... Kama serikali ingeweza kusimamia mapato ya gold tu, ingetosha kununua ARVs kwa waathirika wote wa HIV/AIDS tanzania nzima na wala kungekuwa hakuna haja ya misaada ya PEPFAR!
     
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    Ukiangalia conspiracy theories behind Obama leadership, wanasema mojawapo ya madhumuni ya Bilderberg ni ku-control watu (esp. wasiotakikana, Non Caucasean) systematically mojawapo ya mbinu yao ni kupunguza budget kwenye kufight maradhi mablimbali na kupunguza fedha kwenye researches..etc and after taking the oval office Obama wasted no time..lolz
     
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    He is the president of the United States of Africa. Aache kushughulikia matatizo ya watu waliompigia kura aanze kuangalia watu wa nchi nyingine?
     
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    Kwa wale walio PEPFAR watakubali kwamba Obama policy ni ngumu kwa waafrika hasa kwenye ukimwi na focus yake inaweza kutusumbua, lakini yote anayaweka kwa kusisitiza ownership kwa nchi husika (yaani na sisi tuchacharike) na pia other donor communities kuwa responsible.

    Wasiwasi ni pale anapoweka msisitizo kwenye health systems strengthening, hili ni zuri pale tu ambapo nchi zetu zitakaa na wamarekani (in-coutry) na kupanga mipango ya pamoja, hilo kwa sasa bado linahitaji improvement

    In general policy ya Obama towards PEPFAR inaweza kuwa na negative effects kwetu unless radical changes zitokee kwenye serikali zetu, ambazo mara nyingi hushindwa ku-address issues muhimu kama hizi
     
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    Naona its time to walk on our own feet!
     
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    Sikutegemea kwamba Obama angependwa na watu wote kama ambavyo mtu yeyote ambaye anginyaka nafasi ile asingependwa na kila mtu. Kitu cha kawaida hicho.

    Leka
     
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    Zhule JF-Expert Member

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    Why the writer is complaining about aid decrease from us under president Obama? Why do we feel that it is the responsibility of USA or other Countries to take care of the sub-saharan Africans, and if they dont do so we demand, complain and feel that they didnt fulfill there obligations? And by the way for how long will they help us? Are there any sign of decreasing aid dependency year after year? Au ndo Mtu mieusi ndo tulivyo?
     
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