Compassion, decisive action needed to combat AIDS: Bush
The US President on Thursday announced a new initiative to further reach out to faith-based community organisations to counter the disease.india Updated: Dec 02, 2005 13:48 IST
Asserting that "compassion, honesty and decisive action" are needed to combat AIDS, US President George W Bush on Thursday announced a new initiative to further reach out to faith-based community organisations to counter the disease.
"We renew our commitment to turn the tide on this disease," the President said at a special function organised in the White House on the World AIDS Day.
The President also announced a new partners initiative, saying the administration planned to "further reach out to faith-based community organisations that provide much of the health care in the developing world."
By doing this, Bush said, "we'll reach more people more effectively and save more lives."
"On this World AIDS Day, we are proud to stand with our friends and partners in this urgent struggle. And every life we help to save makes us proud to be Americans," he said.
Bush said while progress is being made in coming to terms with the disease, lot more needs to be done.
"The federal government provides more than $17 billion a year to help people in America living with HIV/AIDS -- including funding that brings life-saving drugs and treatment to hundreds of thousands of low-income Americans," Bush said.
"Our concern about HIV/AIDS does not stop at our borders. Other nations face greater challenges, yet they are moving forward with courage...That deserves our support," he said.
He stressed that Washington is backing the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief that spans some 15 heavily-afflicted nations in Asia, Africa and the Carribbean committing in 2003 $15 billion over a five-year period.