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Mennonite Central Committee AIDS Proposal
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Fri, 06 Dec 2002 13:19:43 -0800
Saving Families and Communities
A Proposal for a US Presidential Global AIDS Initiative From the AIDS and
Health Care Working Group of the Advocacy Network for Africa
Mennonite Central Committee MCC,
21 South 12th Street
PO Box 500 Akron, PA 17501
tel: +1 (717) 859-1151 or toll free (888) 563-4676
US Presidential leadership is critical to galvanizing concerted global
action to address the AIDS crisis. President George W. Bush has taken
initial steps to expand US leadership in this critical area. To build on
these positive steps, the undersigned organizations appeal to President
Bush to use the occasion of his upcoming trip to Africa to propose a new US
Presidential AIDS Initiative, taking leadership in a new, global initiative
to control the scourge of AIDS, as well as tuberculosis and malaria.
This AIDS initiative must consist of new monies and policies that
complement existing US-supported programs and are additional to the
Millennium Challenge Account. The Initiative should consist of the
following essential elements.
A comprehensive initiative to save families and communities affected by the
AIDS crisis, extend the parent-child relationship and secure the future of
I. Ensuring Access to Affordable Medication:
-- a commitment to funding and implementing, by 2005, an equitable
percentage of a global program to provide anti-retroviral therapies to 3
million people in need of such treatment, as called for by the World Health
-- support for a limited exception to international patent rules (and in
future trade negotiations) to allow the export of a broad range of
affordable generic medications to poor countries where such factors as lack
of production capacity and insufficient market size inhibit efficient local
II. Ensuring Prevention Services and Support for Affected Communities:
-- provision of medication to prevent transmission of HIV from mother to
child, as well as treatment to sustain and enhance the quality of life for
mothers with AIDS, with a commitment to an appropriate US share of the goal
of achieving by 2005, and sustaining thereafter, 80% coverage of the
estimated 2 million women with HIV who give birth each year globally
-- a sustained, fair-share US contribution to support an annual global
investment in comprehensive HIV prevention in low- and middle-income
countries, as called for by UNAIDS and supported by Global HIV Prevention
Working Group. Such efforts should include effective economic, social, and
public health strategies aimed at women and girls.
-- support on a global basis for community based care and support services
to reach by 2005 80% of children orphaned or left vulnerable by the AIDS
pandemic, in accordance with, at a minimum, the UNGASS goals for orphaned
and vulnerable children.
III. Ensuring Adequate Financial Resources:
-- inclusion in the FY04 Budget request of a provision for at least $2.5
billion for implementation of global AIDS programs, as well as additional
funds to fight TB and Malaria. We urge at least 50% of funds for global
AIDS programs be allocated to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.
-- insistence on comprehensive debt cancellation for impoverished nations
facing an HIV/AIDS crisis, with support for locally-determined processes to
ensure resulting savings are re-channeled to social needs, and so that no
such country should spend more than a maximum of 5% of total government
revenues from internal sources on debt payments or future loans.
[This proposal has been endorsed by 300 advocacy and religious
organizations. For more information, contact Heather Nolen, Church World
) 2002 Mennonite Central Committee
MCC, 21 South 12th Street, PO Box 500 Akron, PA 17501 tel: +1 (717)
859-1151 or toll free (888) 563-4676
MCC Canada, 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 5K9 tel: +1 (204) 261-6381
or toll free (888) 622-6337
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