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World AIDS Day 2007

Saturday, December 1, 2007 General News J E 4
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 Today, President and Mrs.Bush will mark World AIDS Day 2007 by participating in a faith-basedroundtable discussion at Calvary United Methodist Church in Mount Airy,Maryland. Since 2001, the Administration has delivered more than $129 billionto fight HIV/AIDS both at home and abroad. This World AIDS Day, the U.S.Government is highlighting the important role of faith- and community-basedorganizations in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. The President and Mrs.Bush will discuss the global response to HIV/AIDS with U.S. Global AIDSCoordinator Mark Dybul, members of local churches involved with volunteerefforts in AIDS-afflicted countries, and faith-based organizations partneringwith the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Starting today,the White House will display the red ribbon for two days on the North Porticoto represent the continued battle against HIV/AIDS and to affirm the matchlessvalue of every life.

Today, the President will meet Martha Chilufya who established the MututaMemorial Center in Zambia. This center partners with Emergency Plan andfaith-based caregivers to serve more than 150 patients. Mrs. Bush and JennaBush visited the center in June to listen to a choir of orphans who receivecare at the center.

-- Last summer, volunteers from Calvary United Methodist Church traveledto Namibia to serve at a home for AIDS orphans. The President will also meetwith a man from McLean Bible Church who is part of a team that is leaving forZambia tomorrow.

America Continues To Lead The World In Fighting HIV/AIDS

The United States is on track to exceed the President's commitment of $15billion over five years for PEPFAR to support treatment for two millionpeople, prevention of seven million new infections, and care for 10 millionpeople. PEPFAR is the largest international health initiative ever dedicatedto a single disease.

On World AIDS Day 2007, President Bush again calls on Congress toreauthorize PEPFAR to continue to support those served by the program, and tofurther expand efforts to build on the program's success. With fullimplementation of the "Partnership Compact" model proposed by the President,maintenance of the successful grassroots collaborations with faith-basedgroups, and a continued emphasis on preventing infection through behavioralchanges, live saving progress will continue. If Congress appropriates thefunds, the next phase of the American people's commitment to those sufferingfrom HIV/AIDS will support:

PEPFAR is supporting the leadership of local communities. PEPFAR workswith partners in host nations to support local capacity and to sustainprevention, treatment, and care efforts long after the initial five years ofthe Emergency Plan. Over 80 percent of PEPFAR partners are indigenousorganizations, including faith-and community-based organizations.

PEPFAR draws upon the capabilities of faith-and community-basedorganizations to contribute to an effective, multi-sectoral response to theHIV/AIDS pandemic. These organizations are uniquely positioned to promoteHIV/AIDS stigma reduction and prevention messages, as well as to providecounseling and testing, home care, clinical services, and antiretroviraltreatment. These attributes make their partnership a valuable asset in thefight against HIV/AIDS.

The United States supports one of the most diverse prevention portfoliosof any international partner. In addition to the balanced, evidenced-basedABC (Abstain, Be faithful, and the correct and consistent use of Condoms)approach, the U.S. supports programs that address mother-to-childtransmission, blood safety and safe medical injections, male circumcision,injecting drug users, HIV-discordant couples, alcohol abuse, and other keyissues, including gender-specific programs.

The United States leads the world in its support of the Global Fund toFi
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