: How Ideology Trumped Science
How Ideology Trumped Science
Why PEPFAR Has Failed to Meet Its Potential
The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, was launched in 2003 and represents a significant U.S. investment in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts abroad. The investment’s effectiveness was undercut, however, by the Bush administration’s insistence on using ideology rather than science and data to drive decision making. This approach failed lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other communities particularly affected by HIV/AIDS.
Scott Evertz served as director of the Office of National AIDS Policy during the Bush administration. While there, he was deeply involved in launching the PEPFAR program. On December 15, Mr. Evertz will host a panel of HIV/AIDS experts to discuss where PEPFAR has fallen short, particularly in relation to LGBT communities.
Winnie Stachelberg, SVP for External Affairs, Center for American Progress
Michael Guest, Senior Advisor, Council on Global Equality
Scott Evertz, Consultant, Evertz Group
Jodi Jacobson, Editor, RH Reality Check
Kent Klindera, Director of MSM Initiative, amfAR
Ron Johnson, Deputy Director, AIDS Action Council
Paul Zeitz, Executive Director, Global AIDS Alliance
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