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WHEREAS HIV/AIDS is one of the most devastating crises in the history of
public health, causing 25 million deaths and now infecting over 40 million men,
women, and children, and if present trends continue, 40 million African children
will have become orphans by the year 2010;
WHEREAS although there is still no cure for HIV/AIDS, the disease is
preventable and treatable;
WHEREAS President Bush has promised $3 billion per year over five years to
fight global AIDS but has requested only $1.7 billion for 2004 and many experts
believe that even $3 billion is inadequate to address the need; and
WHEREAS the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis is recognized
for its expertise and credibility in fairly and efficiently allocating
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Unitarian Universalist Association of
Congregations, brings to bear our values on the matter of the global AIDS
pandemic and takes a leading role in promoting a stronger and more effective
American response by:
We call on Congress to follow through immediately on the amounts promised in
the recent legislation by:
We also call on the President to require the United States Trade
Representative to negotiate policies that facilitate unrestricted access to
low-cost generic drugs in impoverished African countries where such
pharmaceuticals are not manufactured; and
We also call on the Administration to recognize that the ideologically
motivated restrictions in the recently enacted “U.S. Leadership Against
HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003” (H.R. 1298) could subvert the
President’s goal of preventing 7 million HIV infections, and to direct funds to
programs that rely on the best medical practices, as determined by the World
Health Organization, and have the greatest potential for
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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