Barack Obama ‘breaks four aid pledges for Africa’
US President Barack Obama has broken four campaign promises on overseas aid and risks reversing the successes of the Bush administration, HIV-Aids activists have claimed.
Key pledges to boost money for Aids funds, education programmes and poverty-reduction schemes have all been missed, the Global Aids Alliance (GAA) said. The Washington-based organisation said that figures from Mr Obama’s budget request to the US Congress set the administration on a path to breaking its campaign promises to the people of Africa.
Mr Obama had also promised to contribute about £1.8 billion on the Global Fund to fight Aids, tuberculosis and malaria, but his budget request fell short by £1.2 billion, the GAA said.
It calculated that this meant that one million people will not receive treatment for HIV, and 2.9 million women will miss out on services to help prevent passing the virus to their unborn children. « By turning his back on those needs, the President is betraying the trust of tens of millions of people around the world. » said Paul Zeitz, director of the GAA, speaking in the Kenyan capital.
The two other broken promises related to stalling promised payments to fund education, and failing to increase foreign aid as a whole by a rate which will allow the president to meet his commitment to double such assistance by 2012.