Skip to comments.BUSH CALLS FOR FULL $15 BILLION FOR AIDS IN AFRICA
Posted on 07/12/2003 10:56:40 AM PDT by Uncle Bill
Bush Calls for Full $15 Billion for AIDS in Africa
By Patricia Wilson
July 12, 2003 10:08 AM ET
President Bush pledged on Saturday to help Africa in its "courageous fight" against AIDS and called on the U.S. Congress to fully fund his $15 billion plan to combat the disease.
At the last stop on his five-day, five-nation African tour, Bush also said Washington would stand with its friends and allies to end regional wars. He and Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo were expected to discuss the possibility of the United States contributing troops to a mainly African peacekeeping force for Liberia at their meeting on Saturday.
Bush says he will join efforts to enforce a fragile cease-fire to end Liberia's civil war, but is waiting on reports from U.S. military experts in the West African state before deciding whether to send troops.
"Progress in Africa depends on peace and stability, so America is standing with friends and allies to help end regional wars," he said in his weekly radio address.
But Bush focused mainly on AIDS, a disease he said posed "one of the gravest dangers" Africa has ever faced.
He said the need for help was urgent, with almost 30 million people in Africa living with HIV/AIDS including three million children under the age of 15.
"People in Africa are waging a courageous fight against this disease," Bush said. He cited progress in Uganda, which he visited on Friday, saying the country had significantly reduced the rate of infection through a program of abstinence, faithfulness and education.
"Yet current efforts to oppose the disease are simply not equal to the need. ... Africa has the will to fight AIDS but it needs the resources as well."
CONGRESS UNDER PRESSURE
Bush's pledge came after Republicans in the House of Representatives moved bills backing his request for $2 billion next year to fight the global pandemic -- $1 billion less than the amount provided for in a plan he signed in May.
The $2 billion is in line with the White House request for the first year, but White House officials have said Bush would seek greater amounts in subsequent years.
"I urge the entire Congress to fully fund my request for the emergency plan for AIDS relief, so that America can help turn the tide against AIDS in Africa," he said.
In May, Bush signed into law a $15 billion plan to help combat the disease in Africa and the Caribbean, tripling U.S. spending over five years.
The new law, a surprise priority in the president's State of the Union address, means anti-viral treatment will be available to about 2 million HIV-infected people in Africa and the Caribbean who cannot afford the costly cocktail of drugs that can prolong and improve their lives.
It also provides hospice care for the dying, helps some of the 13 million children who have lost one or both parents and intensifies prevention programs through strategies like sexual abstinence, education and promotion of condom use.
The White House said the plan had the potential to prevent 7 million new HIV infections within a decade.
The AIDS initiative focuses principally on Botswana, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, as well as Guyana and Haiti in the Caribbean.
President George W. Bush - Biography
"George W. Bush is the 43rd President of the United States. Formerly the 46th Governor of the State of Texas, President Bush has earned a reputation as a compassionate conservative who shapes policy based on the principles of limited government,..."
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See that good looking dude on the left? He's got FAR BETTER THINGS to do than conduct Freepathons! Come on, let's get this thing over with.
I wonder if Jr. reminded Africans that AIDS is nearly 100% preventable and that infected African men outta stop raping babies? Naw, it takes less spine to dole out money that isn't his.
I am grateful that Bush is President and thank G-d for that every day. But when oh when is a President going to get to our Veterans.
Vote Bush. Limiting government by spending more than any president in U.S. history, and, doing it faster than any president in U.S. history, and, magically, somehow is smart enough to implement this strategy, by incrementally pushing us towards small limited government and government accountability by grossly expanding the size and scope of government. Though securing our children to the anchor of slavery, it is done in a compassionate way. Vote Bush.
The World Health Organisation published the following definition of AIDS that was exclusively applicable to developing countries. (3)
Tabel 1: WHO AIDS Definition (1986) for adults in developing countries (3): Major signs: - weight loss 10% - chronic diarrhoea 1 month - fever 1 month (intermittent or constant) Minor signs: - cough for > 1 month - generalized itching - recurrent herpes zoster - oro-pharyngeal candidiasis - chronic progressive and disseminated herpes simplex infection - generalized lymphadenopathy
Exclusion criteria: - cancer - severe malnutrition - other recognized causes
AIDS is defined by the existance of: - at least 2 major signs and - at least 1 minor sign and - in absence of any exclusion criteria or - in a patient with generalized Kaposi's sarcoma or - in a patient with cryptococcal meningitis
Under this, someone is declared to be suffering from AIDS if they have had, for example, diarrhoea for more than a month, pronounced weight loss and coughing or general itching and no other cause can be ascertained with available means. On this definition an HIV test is expressly not necessary, and shortage of funds means that one is still only rarely carried out today. And on the Ugandan health ministry's registration form for people with AIDS the possibility of an HIV test is not even mentioned.
This means that AIDS, the illness that in the words of Professor Luc Montagnier, the man who discovered HIV, "has no typical symptoms", is being diagnosed in developing countries exclusively on the basis of symptoms. (7) The symptoms called for are not exactly rare in a country with twenty years of systematic destruction behind it. So it is not really surprising that, as a result, Uganda has been declared as the country with the highest AIDS rate.
This is from: Here.
Note that no blood test is required by the WHO to diagnose someone as having aids. There is all kinds of info available suggesting that a high percentage of people diagnosed with aids have malaria. It's all about money. How much can they scam from us.
No to 'compassionate conservatism'
"Well, we've all witnessed the "compassionate conservative" convention.
It left me feeling empty.
...Marvin Olasky, the former Marxist journalism professor who coined the term. But he and George W. Bush are barking up the wrong tree if they think "compassionate conservatism" is going to rally popular support necessary to effect the real change needed to turn this country around."
Vote Bush. Stealing your money for a better tomorrow
I don't know that Bush is a substitute for God, but I do know that following the Godly ten commandments pretty well eliminates the problem of AIDs/HIV. The only exception where innocent victims are affected has been through contaminated blood supplies and health workers exposed in the care of AIDs patients. I certainly have no objection to helping this type of victims. We have enough irresponsibility in this country through our various welfare programs without exporting it to Africa.
So rich myself, (lies) I do not want an extra tax bracket, so I declined. I am sure all these beautiful US greenbacks will be applied painstakingly. Or will it be Paaarteee time?
Exactly. There are over a billion children in the world under the age of 15, and I believe the US taxpayer is responsible for the health of every last one of them.
I think spending only $1000 dollars per year for each child is a trivial amount -- we're talking about a human child here, after all.
That works out to 1 trillion dollars, which is roughly a 50% increase in all taxes across the board. Income tax -- up 50%. Social security tax -- up 50%. Corporate tax -- up 50 %.
But remember, it's for the children.
Good point, Wild Thing!
Clinton cut our vets programs, and GW has not reinstalled them.
Some families on active duty are still forced to live like poverty families.
Our VA Hospitals are still without the necessary items to make a vet's stay livable, much less comfortable.
Let's take care of our own like they took care of us!
That's a joke!
No, in this instance Dubya is a liberal.
Giving money to Africa is pouring it down a gopher hole, and it will achieve the same result - none.
I've lived there and worked there for many years, which is something that GW and his advisors have not done.
It is NOT his money! It is easy to be compassionate with money confiscated from someone else, if you haven't noticed it is always "FOR THE CHILDREN!" Somehow the money never gets to "The Children," it always seems to end up in the pockets of corrupt thugs.
There's no concern for lives, DDT, or Aids. Just elephants.
Bush as President:
Bush Asks for $15 Billion to Fight AIDS in Africa
I agree with you! Believe that Senator Bill Frist, M.D., who has gone to Africa and has seen how devastating this disease is to so many people that have gotten AIDs in Africa through no fault of their own. This epidemic could go around the world and strike more than the gay community.
20 posted on 01/29/2003 8:10 AM PST by PhiKapMom(Bush/Cheney 2004)
Clinton as President:
Clinton Wants $175 Million for AIDS Programs
"Can someone tell me how putting more money into prevention is going to help? It is actually quite simple -- safe sex and don't share needles. Probably the most basic answer is "Just Say NO! If someone doesn't know that by now after all the warnings during the last ten years then they are a moron! Is this State of the Union going to be the big give-away? Every day I read about another give-away. Only when it comes to the Defense Department is it a take-away."
2 Posted on 01/17/2000 19:44:57 PST by PhiKapMom
Vote Bush. There must be a reason why, somewhere.
Maybe prescription drugs too! No, I know, how about a down payment on a hut:
Who stated the following:
"Government ought to have a policy that helps people with a downpayment."
A. - OR - B.
You are not hallucinating, he really wants to have the government provide downpayments.
When I first read this statement from Bush, I knew right then and there, we were NOT dealing with a conservative President!
I trust you don't mean this kind -
Most of the folks there are wandering around in the world of Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia. How much is our compassionate conservative President spending on that tragedy?
What's that? These poor old folks don't vote? Well, Shrub can spend 10 time 15 billion and he won't make a dent in the black vote.
Bushies make me laugh/cry when they claim he's not a politician.
So are our vets.
When was the last time you visited a Veteran's Hospital?
I'm not talking about the primary care facilities; I'm talking about the long term care for those who are paralyzed or missing limbs or have severe brain damage.
Some of these vets don't have soap to take a bath or shampoo to wash their hair or false teeth to eat or eyeglasses to read the newspaper.
PLEASE wake up!
Charity begins at home, and we have hundreds of thousands of people in need right here in America!
The African bureaucrats have been corrupt forever. They can cover their trail so that there is no accounting for where the money actually goes.
We'll have a paper trail that leads to nowhere.
It will never be traced to the foreign bank accounts owned by despots in Africa.
This is a great way to suck money out of our struggling economy.
There's the rub. How do you propose we do that?
Sorry, but I have to agree with Old Fud - it's easy to be compassionate on my nickel. It takes a lot more intestinal fortitude to tell immoral jag-offs to keep it in their pants or they're going to rot in jail, and then back it up with the $$ to enforce the law.
Is it Constitutional?
Not that I'm aware of.
In the famous words of that great Indian scout:
"What's with this 'WE' stuff, paleface?"
*I* can't afford it!
If I want to spend money on humanitarian aid I'll buy some more supplies for the vets in the Houston Veteran's Hospital!
I OWE THEM just like every American does!