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About "PEPFAR (NEG)"
Summary: The Affirmative plan increases funding to the Presidents Emergency Plan for Aids Relief. Its past success and humanitarian goals can make it sound intimidating, but don’t worry: there are plenty of good reasons to oppose this plan.
First, PEPFAR doesn’t need the extra funding. Its budget is not being cut, but even if it is, it doesn’t matter because it needs less money. Advances in technology mean that PEPFAR can reach more people with fewer resources. Also, don’t let Affirmative claim any far-fetched advantages from PEPFAR like government stability. The research on this issue is faulty.
For solvency: PEPFAR may seem effective, but it has problems with transparency. PEPFAR’s shipping company has been having issues, and it fails to deliver almost all health packages on time and in full. Until these issues have been solved, we shouldn’t increase funding to this program Finally, PEPFAR has historically been exempt from the Mexico City Policy (MCP), which bans US aid from organizations that are even only loosely connected to abortion. The Trump admin has decided to apply the MCP to PEPFAR. This is problematic because many of the non-governmental organizations that distribute PEPFAR aid would be harmed. Countries lack other reliable organizations that can distribute these funds. Because of this, PEPFAR’s past success will not continue.
The plan has the disadvantages of encouraging developing countries to rely on US aid instead of becoming self-sufficient, and the HIV/AIDS funding distracts countries from other, more pressing issues.
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