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UGANDA: Orphan choir has a disturbing agenda

Youth from Uganda will visit Lakewood on March 28-30. Churches are hosting “Beautiful Africa,” a song-dance-video presentation by Watoto Child Care Ministries. They recently visited my community; I feel compelled to share what I’ve learned of ties to an agenda I find appalling, as well as concerns about the children themselves.

I’m concerned the children are being exploited by the performance schedule, up to 31 per month, for six months at a time, by kids as young as 5 to 7 years of age. The group uses children for relentless fund-raising, taking in $7 million annually from the U.S. alone.

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AID: Don’t leave matching donor funds on the table

Re: “Trapped in the news cycle” (TNT, 11-18).

Jonathan Bernstein is right that “it’s the policy accomplishments that count” for a presidency, not the front-page news battles.

President Obama made the right policy decision pledging $5 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This pledge is based on matching other donors 1 to 2, thus giving the Global Fund the $15 billion it needs to be successful in the battle to control AIDS, tuberculosis and Malaria.

The president urged other donors not to leave any of this money on the table. So far $8 billion

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AIDS: Diseases don’t respect national boundaries

Global leaders will soon meet to pledge support to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

An extremely drug-resistant form of TB, XDR-TB, has emerged. It has now been identified in at least 77 countries, including the U.S. Anybody can potentially become infected with this airborne disease simply by being in close proximity to the afflicted person. The Department of Homeland Security has called XDR-TB an “emerging threat to the homeland.”

Science has discovered that getting treatment to an HIV-infected person early enough can reduce the risk of infecting others by 96 percent. Science magazine named the AIDS

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AIDS: AIDS-free generation is possible

Re: “WHO: Treat people with HIV early to stop spread” (TNT, 7-1).

Saving money and saving lives is always a great idea. When it comes to the AIDS virus, this means millions of lives and billions of dollars.

Though costing an initial 10 percent more to get the medicine early, the World Health Organization is recommending this protocol. This is the next step to the AIDS-free generation that President Obama and others say is possible.

One of the most successful ways to get the medicine to the people who need it is provided by the Global Fund to Fight

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AIDS: We’re making inroads against AIDS, TB

The article regarding that Mississippi baby born with HIV but subsequently appearing cured is certainly exciting news (TNT, 3-5). Prevention, of course, is a tool we already have.

The most cost-effective HIV preventions are mother-to-child transmission intervention and male circumcision. Globally, one in every seven HIV infections occur when a mother passes the virus on to her child.

We know that early AIDS treatment reduces the occurrence of tuberculosis infection by 84 percent. This is critical, since TB is the biggest killer of people with HIV.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria has accomplished amazing inroads

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AID: US assistance abroad pays off for us here

With the U.S. government scrambling to pay its bills, we desperately need to make responsible decisions. Many people actually believe that our foreign aid is 20 percent or more of our federal budget. In fact it is actually less than .5 percent. Less than one half of one percent of our federal budget goes to international development assistance! In 1965 it was 2.75 percent.

Microfinance; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria; and the Global Partnership for Education have empowered millions of women and their families to work their way out of extreme poverty through tiny loans, enabled

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AIDS: Fight crisis in the black community

HIV/AIDS is a crisis out of control in black communities throughout the United States. The continued severity of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in black communities cannot be underestimated. Our challenge in 2012 is to stem the tide and save the lives of black people locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

For almost 12 years now, Feb. 7 has been designated as National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. It is a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative designed to encourage blacks across the United States and territorial areas to get educated, get tested, get treated and get involved with HIV/AIDS.

The theme

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AID: Global Fund threatened on its 10th birthday

A young boy hands a bundle to a woman in the streets of Nairobi. Amazingly, it contains his baby sister. Both of his parents have died of AIDS. He is afraid his sister will die because he is also not feeling well.

I heard this story as a part of a conference call with Jeffrey Sachs, one of the founders of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The story illustrates the desperate need for health care in Africa, which the Global Fund has been striving to provide for the last 10 years.

The Global Fund has seen

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