Thanks John for forwarding the email to encourage us to write
for inclusion of Malawi in AIDS funding....and the web sites are good to
I heard a program on public radio last week where both
Republican and Democratic Congressmen were encouraging people to contact their
own Congressmen and Senators to support the AIDS funding package. Though
the President talked about the increased funding it is not a done deal. It
is included in the 2004 budget package that Congress is receiving today, I
think, and now the budget balancing struggle...the political tug-of-war...
begins. If all items stay in the deficit will be huge.
So this item needs public support. It will be vying with other
well supported items that may be considered for cuts!
There was what I thought was a good suggestion from a Kenyan
woman who phoned in to the program about use of the money to fund the building
of factories to produce generic drugs. One of the program's expert guests
said that 3 sites are being considered and that funding those instead of using
the money for direct provision of drugs could greatly increase the number of
people who could receive treatment.
One very significant thing that one of the Congressmen said was that, of
course, this is a humanitarian issue but that there is another probably more
realistic political reason that the President proposed it and that will get
it some bipartisan support. If Africa deteriorates into political
chaos as AIDS claims the lives of the educated and educators there is a greater
chance that it will become a breeding ground for terrorism.
I saw a quote also from a Washington Post editorial that made it to our
local paper called Tough love in foreign aid...
"In the long term, a wealthier, more politically stable developing world is
a safer world - and a world less likely to produce the terrorists and rogue
states of the future." Wouldn't it be nice if some good
for Africa came out of all of this present fear?
I'm personally a little offended by reason number 4 in what John forwarded
and wonder about the advisability of using it in lobbying for
Malawi. Obviously it does speak to the issue of the
present U.S. fears of terrorism. However, Malawi
also has a good Muslim community, Christian communities who feel oppressed
resort to terrorism, and I do know that not all of my representatives are
John Strain <jwstrain@...>
Saturday, February 01, 2003 6:26 PM
Subject: [ujeni] Please
Contact Your Representative In Washington
I got the following from a friend and am
sharing this with you all:
have seen the following information about President Bush's efforts to fight aids
in Africa. We applaud what he is doing, but we will deeply disappointed when we
realized that Malawi is not included on the list of nations to be helped, in
spite of the facts that (1) we are planning to help every nation about tiny
Malawi, (2) Malawi has as serious an aids problem as any of the other nations
around them, (3) We have been advised that Malawi is the most pro-American
nation in the region, (4) Malawi has one of the highest numbers of Christian
professing people per capita of any nation on earth.
nations are listed, but as you will notice the plan includes every nation around
Malawi BUT ignores tiny Malawi.
"The nations targeted by the initiative
include: Botswana, Cote
d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guyana, Haiti, Kenya, Mozambique,
Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and
Will you kindly consider clicking to the links below and
writing to your representative and to the president and please ask them to make
sure Malawi is included in the aid plans for the future.