Key Findings

 

  • A year-long investigation of President Bush’s initiative to fight AIDS abroad finds that conservative ideology hinders its real benefits by insisting on abstinence-only programs over promoting condom use.
  • In 2003, President George W. Bush asked Congress to appropriate $15 billion for an international AIDS initiative, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) — a plan that, while seeking to treat those infected with HIV/AIDS and prevent the spread of the disease, is hindered by conservative ideologies.
  • ICIJ found that PEPFAR actually restricts the use of funds because of its ties to faith-based organizations that promote abstinence-only programs and overlook the importance of other courses of action such as condom use.

 

A man is showered in holy water as Atnafu Betseha, an Orthodox priest, imposes a large iron cross on him
Divine Intervention

‘Holy water cures even HIV’

Nov 30, 2006
Twenty-year old Michot Sebresilassei takes the antiretroviral drugs she gets through PEPFAR at the local hospital
Divine Intervention

‘I was raped by soldiers. The holy water and the drugs will cure me’

Nov 30, 2006
Tatiana Shoumilina is a UNAIDS adviser in Ethiopia
Divine Intervention

‘Any good, complex program has an ideology behind it. It’s normal’

Nov 30, 2006
Ethalem Bekele (left) is a volunteer in a program run by Pathfinder and funded by U
Divine Intervention

‘Telling people to be abstinent is like telling somebody to put his hands in the fire’

Nov 30, 2006
Divine Intervention

Proselytizing at the Expense of HIV Patients

Nov 30, 2006
Divine Intervention

‘Not enough money is going to treatment and prevention for younger Haitians’

Nov 30, 2006
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