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CRS President Urges Continuation of Vital U.S. Effort to Stop HIV

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CRS President Ken Hackett testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Photo by Rick Reinhard

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) President Ken Hackett testified today before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, calling on the influential panel to continue and expand the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The only witness representing an agency carrying out PEPFAR programs overseas, Hackett focused on critical needs on the ground.

“PEPFAR is above all a program of hope,” he told the committee while highlighting the need to provide adequate resources, to coordinate with other assistance programs – particularly those focused on nutrition, agriculture and education – and to enhance PEPFAR’s basic model.

Read Ken’s written testimony.

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