Statement by Franklin Graham on President Bush’s Request for Increased AIDS Funding
I applaud President Bush's bold initiative to double America's funding in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. When it sought and received $15 billion for the President's Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Bush administration led the world in attacking this pandemic; yet there is so much more to be done. That is why I am encouraged by this new request for $30 billion-so the increased support can begin as soon as possible and continue well beyond this President's term.
In 2002, Samaritan's Purse convened religious leaders from around the world to a conference in Washington called Prescription for Hope: International Christian Conference on HIV/AIDS. We highlighted the problem of HIV/AIDS in an effort to stimulate action on the part of many people and organizations not previously engaged in this fight. I look forward to continued partnerships with communities, schools, churches and faith-based organizations, and government to decrease the spread of HIV/AIDS and to give compassionate, Christ-like care to those already affected by it.
Franklin Graham is president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse Christian international relief organization and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Graham issued this statement from the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., which is to be officially dedicated tomorrow (May 31, 2007) by family, friends, and Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush.