Friday, April 4, 2008

Fighting Disease in Africa

Here is something positive coming out of Washington. God calls us to reduce suffering in this world! All Christians should applaud this effort. Read this excerpt of an op-ed from LA Times:

A $50-billion bill to fight AIDS and other diseases in Africa and elsewhere gives us reason to cheer.

April 4, 2008

President Bush is going partway toward atoning for his sins in the Middle East by rebuilding Africa. His leadership in fighting disease and poverty on the continent culminated Wednesday with a breathtaking gesture from the House of Representatives, which took the president's generous proposal to spend $30 billion over five years fighting AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis around the world and upped it by $20 billion.

The $50-billion reauthorization for the president's anti-disease program, which is also expected to pass in the Senate, marks a dramatic shift in the United States' attitude toward foreign aid. This country has supported big international disease-eradication projects in the past, notably when it led a World Health Organization crusade against malaria in the late 1950s, but never with such an enormous financial commitment. We'd like to think this reflects a realization that saving lives and rebuilding economies destroyed by disease is a better way to enhance global security and stability than dropping bombs on people.

For the entire op-ed, click here.

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