Friday, February 15, 2008

Help Send our President to Africa

President and Mrs. Bush will be spending the next week on the continent of Africa as he seeks to continue to keep a focus on relief for the HIV/AIDS crisis on the continent. Richard Wolf is quoted in USA Today as saying,
"The United States has spent $18.8 billion from 2004 to 2008 to help reverse the scourge of HIV infection and AIDS in more than 100 countries. Most of the money has gone to 15 hard-hit nations, including 12 in Africa. With little fanfare, nearly 1.5 million people have received lifesaving treatment. Today, the president and first lady Laura Bush are scheduled to leave on a six-day trip to Africa intended to highlight the program as it comes up for renewal in Congress. The trip will focus attention on what some experts say is Bush's greatest achievement as president."
In order to keep Africa a priority, the ONE Campaign has started a petition that will sent to the 2008 U.S. presidential candidates urging them to commit to visiting Africa during their first term. I just signed the petition and encourage you to sign it as well here. Thanks!

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