Join PIH Engage and our partner organizations AMSA, RESULTS, Health GAP, Public Citizen, Wound Clinic La Casa del Centro, and the Student Global AIDS Campaign in asking all 2016 U.S. presidential candidates to pledge to bring development, security, equity, and justice to impoverished people in countries struggling with health crises. No matter which candidate wins the election, we need to let them know that health care for the poor is a high priority.
Please scroll down to endorse the pledge below as an individual, and help us make global health justice an election issue in 2016.
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Presidential Pledge for a Healthier, More Secure, and AIDS-free World
Our next president has the opportunity to transform U.S. global health strategy, and build a world free from AIDS, able to rapidly contain outbreaks like Ebola, and where the poor people's right to health is met realized. I endorse the pledge below, and urge all candidates to endorse it as well.
Bringing development, security, and health to impoverished people in countries struggling with health crises and achieving an AIDS-free generation are priorities for my presidency, and I commit to:
- Doubling the number of people directly supported by the U.S. on life-saving HIV medicine by 2020, as part of leading a worldwide effort to meet the global target of treatment for at least 30 million people by 2020 , eliminating mother-to-child HIV transmission, and continuing and expanding the current U.S. program to reduce new HIV infections in young women and girls;
- Ending tuberculosis, the number one killer of people living with HIV in Africa, by 2030, accompanied by increased investments in bilateral aid programs to address malaria, as well as more research and development for these two health threats;
- Significantly deepen U.S. support for human resources for health in impoverished front-line countries, supporting medical education, compensation for at least 300,000 new health professionals  by 2020, doubling rates of health worker retention over five years, and supporting at least 500,000 trained, compensated and equipped community health workers;
- A five-year initiative to strengthen the fragile health systems of countries hard-hit by Ebola, AIDS, TB, and malaria that establishes robust disease surveillance and lab systems capable of detecting, reporting, and containing emergent deadly outbreaks within 24 hours of clinical presentation; ends stock-outs of essential medicines; and annually increases the percentage of U.S. development assistance funds directed to support country-owned systems, institutions, and non-government organizations;
- Necessary funding to meet these targets, including an estimated 7% annual increase ($450 million) for bilateral AIDS programs through 2020, continuing to contribute one-third of the financing for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria, and seeking additional innovative sources of sustainable financing for global health programs;
- Protecting the rights of low and middle-income countries to manufacture or import generic forms of essential medicines for public health threats like HIV in trade negotiations.
 UNAIDs “90-90-90” targets embraced by governments including the United States, and South Africa during the UN General Assembly, Sept 2014, which committed to, by 2020, ensuring that 90% of people living with HIV worldwide know their serostatus, 90% of those are enrolled in treatment, and 90% of those have undetectable viral load. Numbers based on end of 2014 prevalence estimates of 36.9 million people infected.
 Global goal was to eliminate MTCT by 2015. Much progress has been made, but there is work still to be done.
 The U.N. Sustainable development goals (unanimously adopted on September 25, 2015) includes goal 3.3: “By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases.”s
 Slightly more than doubling the requirement to train and retain 140,000 health workers currently required under PEPFAR’s authorizing legislation.
Current organizational endorsements:
RESULTS; Wound Clinic La Casa del Centro.