Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton used World AIDS Day as a political opportunity, even after she oversaw major cuts to HIV/AIDS programs in Africa during her tenure as Secretary of State.
Let’s commit to an AIDS-free generation: invest in research, fight discrimination, and expand access to lifesaving drugs. #WorldAIDSDay -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 1, 2015
Clinton was obviously hoping no one would look at historical funding levels for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which was instituted by President George W. Bush and cut during the Obama administration.
Government budgetary records show that PEPFAR funding for HIV/AIDS programs took a massive dip during Clinton’s term at the State Department.
State Department funding for PEPFAR dropped 12 percent between 2010 and the first quarter of 2013, when it reached its lowest effective funding level in six years.
PEPFAR’s contributions to global HIV/AIDS programs went down by hundreds of millions of dollars, from $5.503 billion in Clinton’s first year at the State Department in 2009 to $5.083 billion in 2012 and $4.726 billion in 2013, the year she left the State Department.
Don’t think it was Hillary Clinton’s fault? Think again.
“The U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator reports directly to the Secretary of State,” according to Pepfar.gov.
At the direction of the Secretary, the Department of State’s support for the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) includes: Providing human resources services; Tracking budgets within its accounting system; Transferring funds to other implementing agencies; and Providing office space, communication, and information technology services.