4929RE: [ujeni] Fw: 'Raising AIDS Awareness' is not Enough
- Dec 6, 2005Too bad we don't have a World Malaria Day...it seems to kill more people
But good news is that there appears to be a vaccine around the corner.....
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From: "Don & Cathy Weber" <weber@...>
Subject: [ujeni] Fw: 'Raising AIDS Awareness' is not Enough
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 21:33:03 -0800
Tomorow is World AIDS Day
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From: "Stop Global AIDS Action Network" <alerts@...>
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2005 2:31 PM
Subject: 'Raising AIDS Awareness' is not Enough
> GLOBAL AIDS ALLIANCE
> World AIDS Day: 'Raising Awareness' is not Enough
> Washington, Nov 28 -- World AIDS Day will be commemorated this
> Thursday, December 1, but AIDS experts are saying the event must go
> beyond raising awareness to holding President Bush, other world
> leaders, and the US Congress, to their promises. This
> year, "Keeping the Promise" is the global theme of World AIDS Day.
> Global AIDS Alliance has published a Briefing Note about World AIDS
> Day at:
> World AIDS Day is typically a day of remembrance of those of who
> have died of AIDS, with candlelight vigils, but too often there is
> little mention of the actual record of government decision-makers in
> supporting or opposing effective AIDS programs.
> "As people living with AIDS know well, raising awareness is simply
> not enough," said David Bryden, Communications Director for Global
> AIDS Alliance. "The theme this year means we have to hold decision-
> makers to their promises. If we only hold a candle, and fail to make
> sure our leaders know we expect action, we are not doing our job."
> "Honesty, not politeness, is needed in the face of this epidemic,"
> said Bryden "It has to be said that President Bush has not kept his
> promise on funding for the Global Fund. And, his policies on clean
> needle-exchange and the approach he takes to promoting abstinence
> have undermined prevention globally."
> In July, President Bush personally signed the G8 Declaration
> promising full support for the Global Fund, yet the Fund still lacks
> the resources needed for any additional grantmaking.
> The Congress is also considering a House-approved budget deficit
> bill that would dramatically cut the benefits provided by Medicaid
> and ultimately force many people off of Medicaid. A majority of
> people living with HIV (55%) rely on Medicaid and 90% of children
> living with HIV rely on Medicaid.
> "The President should oppose this cut if he is to be true to his
> statements of concern on World AIDS Day," said Bryden.
> Encourage others to call for an end to the global AIDS crisis
> by joining the Stop Global AIDS Action Network at
> And, be sure to visit our Partner Groups at
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