Child advocates press Congress for malaria, AIDS funding
A Zambian caregiver, a corporate partner, and college students come together to call on Congress to increase resources to fight AIDS and malaria.
April 3, 2008
Authorization for this bill expires on Sept. 30, 2008. In order to continue and increase the U.S. contribution to the global AIDS and malaria fight over the next five years, World Vision is asking Congress to take action swiftly to pass this bipartisan legislation.
World Vision applauds the House of Representatives for passing this important piece of legislation on April 2 and calls on the Senate to do the same. Specifically, in passing the legislation, World Vision believes that the Senate should include the following critical provisions:
To raise awareness about the tragic impact of these two diseases, Mrs. Lister Chingangu, a caregiver who partners with World Vision in Zambia, will be visiting the United States in April.
Seven years ago, as a pastor's wife seeing the effects of AIDS on her church congregation, Mrs. Chingangu decided to start a home-based care program, God Our Help Ministries. With her background as a nurse and her passion for caring for the sick, she started working as a caregiver and recruiting others to join the cause.
Through support from the World Vision-administered RAPIDS program, God Our Help has become a partner in a network of local aid groups implementing community-based care and outreach to orphans and vulnerable households in Zambia. The Global AIDS, TB and Malaria Bill promotes the availability of funding to support programs like RAPIDS.
Mrs. Chingangu will speak to a variety of audiences in the United States to share her experience and advocate for increased resources to combat AIDS and malaria. Among her stops is a visit to Capitol Hill on April 24, where she will be joined by a senior executive from McKesson Corp. — our valued Caregiver Kit partner — and Acting on AIDS students. Together, they will press the Senate to swiftly pass the Global AIDS, TB and Malaria Bill so the president can sign it into law. Children's lives depend on it.
>> Pray for children and families who suffer at the hands of malaria and AIDS. Pray for the most vulnerable to receive the resources they need to prevent and fight AIDS and malaria.
>> Send a message to Congress. Ask lawmakers to swiftly reauthorize the Global AIDS, TB and Malaria Bill to ensure that children are not left behind in the fight against malaria and global AIDS.
>> Help provide tools to fight malaria. Your gift will multiply 3 times in impact to provide insecticide-treated bed nets, medical supplies, and more to children and families at risk from malaria.
>> Sponsor a HopeChild in an AIDS-affected country.
|Read about how malaria and AIDS combine to form a deadly duo.|
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|Pray for children and families who suffer at the hands of malaria and AIDS. Pray for the most vulnerable to receive the resources they need to prevent and fight AIDS and malaria.|
Send a message to Congress. Ask lawmakers to swiftly reauthorize the Global AIDS, TB and Malaria Bill to ensure that children are not left behind in the fight against malaria and global AIDS.