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Global AIDS Bill: World Vision Advocates for Swift Reauthorization

Congress should give priority to vulnerable children in the global fight against AIDS.

August 2007


World Vision staff, including Robert Zachritz (far left), World Vision's senior policy advisor, and members of the Acting on AIDS team, meet with Ambassador Mark Dybul, U.S. global AIDS coordinator (center right), at his office in Washington, D.C., on July 23. © 2007 Garrett Hubbard/Genesis Photos.
On May 30, President Bush announced his intent to seek $30 billion for a five-year extension of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which is currently set to expire on Sept. 30, 2008.

World Vision is advocating for swift reauthorization of PEPFAR. We also call for a continued commitment by the U.S. Congress to set aside 10 percent for orphans and other children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS.

What is PEPFAR?


Established in 2003, PEPFAR is the largest international health initiative dedicated to a specific disease, now totaling a commitment of more than $15 billion during the past five years. The PEPFAR Authorization Bill, recently introduced on the Senate floor, must be passed in order for PEPFAR to continue.

'Hope Must Continue'

World Vision is an organization committed to the well-being of children worldwide — with a special focus on the most vulnerable, including those affected by AIDS. We work with the U.S. Congress to ensure that the funding for AIDS programs is secured each year and that the needs of AIDS-affected children are met. World Vision's advocacy efforts, coupled with our work in AIDS-affected countries, helps bring healing and hope to those who are suffering.

"The Global AIDS, TB [tuberculosis], and Malaria Act of 2003 [which funds PEPFAR] has helped millions of people fight these diseases," says Robert Zachritz, senior policy advisor for World Vision. "Over the past five years, hope has been provided in the areas of treatment, prevention, and care.

"We can continue to give people hope for another five years," he adds. "It is critical that Congress begin work on this reauthorization now — by the end of this year, if possible — and recommit itself for another five years to fighting global AIDS.

"We have to assure mothers, fathers, and children, that their life-saving treatment will not be cut off next year."


Learn More


>> Dig deeper. See more resources on the global AIDS crisis.
>> Find the dates during which the World Vision Experience: AIDS will be in your area.

Three Ways You Can Help

>> Pray for children and families around the world devastated by HIV and AIDS. Pray that the U.S. Congress would pass legislation, including the reauthorization of PEPFAR, that will bring hope, comfort, and aid to those who suffer from the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time.
>> Speak out for AIDS-affected children and families. Add your virtual signature to the Make Your Mark petition, to advocate for full funding of AIDS programs, including 10 percent dedicated to the care of orphans and vulnerable children.
>> Sponsor a HopeChild. Vulnerable children living in communities ravaged by HIV and AIDS need your support.

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Learn More

Dig deeper. See more resources on the global AIDS crisis.
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Find the dates during which the World Vision Experience: AIDS will be in your area.

Three Ways You Can Help

Pray for children and families around the world devastated by HIV and AIDS. Pray that the U.S. Congress would pass legislation, including the reauthorization of PEPFAR, that will bring hope, comfort, and aid to those who suffer from the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time.
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Speak out for AIDS-affected children and families. Add your virtual signature to the Make Your Mark petition, to advocate for full funding of AIDS programs, including 10 percent dedicated to the care of orphans and vulnerable children.
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Sponsor a HopeChild.Vulnerable children living in communities ravaged by HIV and AIDS need your support.

 





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