In 2003 Bush created the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (Pepfar), providing $15 billion for prevention and treatment programs in countries devastated by HIV infections. Congress increased the funding to $48 billion five years later.
The year Pepfar started about 50,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa were on antiretroviral therapy to suppress HIV, Bush said in column he wrote for The Wall Street Journal on World AIDS Day last December.
"Today more than 4.7 million people receive AIDS treatment through Pepfar and the Global Fund (to fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis)," he said. "At least 450,000 children have been born HIV-negative due to Pepfar's diagnosis and treatment programs that prevent mother-to-child transmission."
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