AIDS Economics

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Aids RibbonHIV/AIDS Updates:

Money doesn’t bring happiness. Money, alone, cannot solve the world’s AIDS crisis. Money is not the sole solution to a life-and-death kind of problem that AIDS still is. Yet, without money, without the appropriate funds, all the AIDS service organizations, all the non-profits serving the AIDS community, will be forced to close their doors leaving many of those living with the virus and depending on their help, in limbo.

With the recent budget cuts overtaking pretty much every aspect of our lives, this kind is scenario becomes more of a reality than just a hypothesis. Conform the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), the last five months the federal government has operated on the continuing resolution that kept this year’s budgets (FY2011) at last year’s (FY2010) levels. Therefore, for the same five months, agencies have planned their budgets on the assumptions that there would be not major changes to their 2011 budgets. Therefore, the deep cuts the House Appropriation Committee had planned for agencies which are critical to people living with HIV/AIDS came to much surprise. The House Appropriation Commitee’s proposed cuts include:

* $1.3 billion dollars from Community Health Centers
* $1.57 billion dollars from the National Institute of Health
* $923 million from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention
* $327 million from Family Planning  
* $280 million from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Called “draconian” by the National Minority AIDS Council, the massive cuts leave agencies with only seven months to react. That means that the agencies will feel a double effect of the cuts, having only half of the time (half a year) to react. We can only wonder what will happen if time is not enough. We can only wonder what will come next.

Aids RibbonHIV/AIDS Updates:

Money doesn’t bring happiness. Money, alone, cannot solve the world’s AIDS crisis. Money is not the sole solution to a life-and-death kind of problem that AIDS still is. Yet, without money, without the appropriate funds, all the AIDS service organizations, all the non-profits serving the AIDS community, will be forced to close their doors leaving many of those living with the virus and depending on their help, in limbo.