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Engel Statement on Transititon's Africa Policy Questionnaire

ENGEL STATEMENT ON TRANSITION’S AFRICA POLICY QUESTIONNAIRE

WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement on a report of a State Department Transition Team questionnaire regarding U.S. policy toward Africa, which questioned the value of foreign aid programs including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR):

“Since President George W. Bush signed PEPFAR into law, the bipartisan effort has been instrumental in turning the tide of HIV/AIDS worldwide. Thanks to PEPFAR, more than 74 million people have received HIV testing and counseling, nearly 11.5 million have begun life-saving treatment, and almost two million at-risk babies have been born free of HIV.

“Successes like PEPFAR have strengthened countries’ capacities to deal with a wide range of health threats and have brought the dream of an AIDS-free generation within reach. To question this program’s worth is to question the human dignity of every person living with HIV. To undermine it will cost lives.”