Rep. Barbara Lee has just returned from a five-day trip with CARE – a global anti-poverty group – to Uganda to learn about health, governance, gender and savings in that nation’s cities and countryside.
Lee, D-Oakland, was joined by U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.; Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga.; CARE CEO Helene Gayle and top UPS executives as they reviewed the success of integrated programs providing a holistic approach to overcoming poverty.
The delegation also visited several health clinics funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) that once focused primarily on HIV treatment but have extended programming to address issues such as childhood nutrition and financial literacy. And Lee addressed the 126th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union to discuss the successes and challenges in making the law work for the global AIDS response.
Lee is the U.S. representative to the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, which is finishing a two-year review of research, analysis and community consultations to build an understanding of how legal environments influence HIV epidemics; a final report will be coming soon.
In Uganda, Congresswoman Lee also met John Roberts, the first recipient of antiretroviral drugs funded by the US PEPFAR program. “United States global health leadership is making historic progress, touching the lives of millions of families and communities around the world,” she said in a news release. “Foreign assistance is just a fraction of 1 percent of the federal budget, yet enables PEPFAR and the Global Fund to continue its critical, life-saving work.”