Some progress has been made in the fight against poverty, but the G8 is not on track to fulfill its commitments.
The G8, or "group of eight," represents the most powerful governments in the world — France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada, Russia, and the United States. The leaders of these countries meet annually to discuss major global issues and make plans to address them. This summer, the summit is set to take place on July 7-9, in Hokkaido-Toyako, Japan.
At the 2005 summit, the G8 made a historic commitment to fight extreme global poverty and disease. World Vision, the ONE Campaign, and several other organizations played a pivotal role in prompting the G8 to make this unprecedented pledge.
The AIDS pandemic, hunger and malnutrition, malaria, and a host of other challenges keep millions of children around the world from reaching their full God-given potential. If the G8 countries keep the financial pledges that they have already made, millions of lives will be saved — lives like Hilda's.
"The U.S. has been actively involved in addressing global poverty and AIDS, and along with other G8 countries, made courageous funding promises in 2005," says Craig Jaggers, World Vision's health and education policy adviser. "However, the U.S. has fallen short in fulfilling its share of the commitments it made. We must do more for those who are sick and impoverished around the world by fulfilling these promises and leading the charge for other G8 countries to do the same."
Thankfully, intervention at the medical center brought healing to Hilda's body.
Assistance from World Vision and other community partners made it possible for Hilda to be tested for HIV and receive post-test counseling. A World Vision health specialist provides Hilda and Theresa with highly nutritious food and promised to help ensure that Hilda stays in school and finishes her primary education. And a group from the local Catholic church was assigned to care for Hilda and Theresa, providing food and counseling.
Care for the most vulnerable populations is made possible by individuals in affected communities, churches, and private organizations like World Vision, but the scale of the problem requires that the G8 countries do their share. The human toll caused by diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria is simply too large. Innocent lives are at stake.
>> Pray for the world leaders attending the G8 summit in July. Pray that they would make wise decisions that will help bring relief to those suffering from extreme poverty and disease, like Hilda and her grandmother, Theresa.
>> Speak out. Ask President Bush to keep his promise. Thank him for the courageous commitment he has made to fight AIDS and poverty, and encourage him to meet the prior commitments to increase funding for international poverty-focused assistance and the global AIDS fight.
>> Donate. Join World Vision in the fight against extreme global poverty and disease. Give a gift to provide life-saving food, water, medical care, and more to children and families.
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