The Obama Administration is planning to sink upwards of $300 million into Kenya for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention programs… courtesy of United States taxpayers.
Kenya is a hot spot for these programs because of escalating numbers of men engaging in sex with other men and female prostitutes injecting drugs. It has been estimated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that nearly 1.5 million Kenyans are HIV-positive, the vast majority heterosexually-transmitting the disease.
One of Obama’s long-term initiatives has been “to establish a social health insurance system to enable equitable provision of health care to all Kenyan citizens.”
On Dec 27, 2016, USAID released Solicitation No. SOL-615-17-000002, which expands Kenya’s healthcare services. The initiative is being called the HIV Service Delivery Support Activity and aims to improve detection of HIV and deliver proper treatment to the region. It also intends to strengthen “institutional accountability” for community, facility, and county HIV responses.
According to the USAID’s solicitation, “Contractors are expected to collaborate with and support county leadership and other implementing agencies and partners across the system regardless of agency or funding source to ensure HIV services are integrated and complementary.” Additionally, contractors are expected to serve on behalf of the Obama administration as a “lead agency” at the Kenyan county level, contributing to the capacity of each county to “operationalize and oversee clinical HIV services.”
While Congress did not expressly recommend providing these health care services to Kenya, the House and Senate Appropriations committees gave their support to Obama’s USAID Global Health Programs as it relates to HIV/AIDS.
House Report 114-693 stated, “The committee recognizes the significant achievements of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the support of anti-retroviral treatment, testing, counseling, and other prevention measures.”
In July, the committee recommended spending $6 billion toward global HIV/AIDS initiatives. The panel later agreed to contribute additional support for what they called a “United States contribution to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.” In fact, the panel recommended $8.9 billion for overall Global Health Programs, which was $340 million more than what Obama requested.
This is far from the first time Obama has spent taxpayer funds to support causes in Kenya. The grand total of Kenya-related expenditures remains to be seen due to the administration’s non-disclosure of all information pertaining to these matters. WND reported that the total could easily reach into “multiple hundreds of millions of dollars.”
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