Reverse Funding Cuts to AIDS Organizations
Addendum to Sept 6 2018 Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau
Unlike many places in Canada, Saskatchewan continues to experience alarming rates of HIV/AIDS - 2.5 times higher than the national average. People are becoming ill, and dying, from a disease that is both treatable and preventable in what some health experts have indicated should be referred to as a public health emergency. Saskatchewan MPs raised this issue by writing to the Honourable Jane Philpott in September 2016, and then to the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor in April 2018.
Prime Minister, during a public health crisis, there should be a focus on supporting organizations and initiatives that are making a positive impact. Yet, disappointingly, your government’s actions seem to run contrary to what constitutes a logical response to Saskatchewan’s HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Your government’s decision to inexplicably cut funding to organizations that were making a difference in our communities does nothing to address an already dire health emergency. In fact, by cutting funding to organizations like AIDS Saskatoon and All Nations Hope, your government has jeopardized the outreach, education and prevention work that is so desperately needed in Saskatchewan.
It is hard to believe that this decision was evidence-based and well-conceived. We urge that this decision be re-assessed, and that your government reverse the cuts to organizations in Saskatchewan that assume a pivotal role in prevention and education in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Questions regarding HIV/AIDS funding in the House of Commons have been asked on: June 16, 2017, December 1, 2017, April 19, 2018, and April 23, 2018.