Coalition Letter to President Bush and the 108th Congress requesting $3.5 billion for FY 2004 to stop global AIDS

March 16, 2003

Dear President Bush and Members of the U.S. Congress:

We are committed to a full-scale effort to stop the global AIDS pandemic in all regions of the World. Inspired by President Bush's call for emergency action to combat the pandemic, we urge you to accelerate the funding so that there can be rapid implementation of comprehensive programs of prevention, care, treatment with lifesaving anti-retroviral drugs, and support for orphans and vulnerable children.

We call on you to provide $3.5 billion for FY 2004 to stop global AIDS. Of this, $1.8 billion should go to new and existing bilateral AIDS programs, including at least $300 million for orphans and vulnerable children. The balance of $1.7 billion should go to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria. This portion for the Global Fund reflects the US share of the world economy. We also call upon other donor nations to pay their fair share.

To ensure that the Global Fund can supports its third round of grants in October 2003, we urge that at least $500 million of the above $3.5 billion be provided as FY 2003 emergency supplemental funding.

In addition, we call for accelerated debt cancellation for countries heavily impacted by the AIDS pandemic so they can use their own resources to fund locally-determined poverty-reduction and AIDS programs.

Without bold investment now, projections are that up to 100 million people will become infected by 2007. The AIDS pandemic and its related causes in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and elsewhere threaten to destabilize nations and undermine global security. We believe that taking immediate action to ensure adequate resources to combat AIDS, TB, and malaria is one of the best ways the US can exert leadership in a troubled world.

Signed,

National US/Global Organizations:

Adorers of the Blood of Christ, ASC Justice and Peace Office
Advocates for Youth
Africa Action
Africa Faith & Justice Network
AIDS ACTION
AIDSETI (AIDS Empowerment and Treatment International)
AIDS Fund
AIDS.ORG
AIDSPAN
AIDS Research Alliance
AIDS Treatment Data Network
AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition
American Academy of HIV Medicine
American Medical Student Association
American Public Health Association
Artists Against AIDS Worldwide
Artists for a New South Africa
Bread for the World
Center for Policy Analysis on Trade and Health
Central Conference of American Rabbis
Church Women United
Church World Service
Congregation Justice Committee, Sisters of the Holy Cross
Daughters of Mary and Joseph
DharmaNet International
The Episcopal Church
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Gay Men's Health Crisis
Global AIDS Alliance
The Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS
Health GAP, USA
Hope for African Children Initiative
International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO)
Jubilee USA Network
Lutheran World Relief
MADRE
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
Medical Mission Sisters, North America
Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate
Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary
Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa
National Association of People with AIDS
Operation USA
Order of Friars Minor, Sacred Heart Province, JPIC Office
Orphans & Vulnerable Children Task Force
Pact
Partners in Health
Physicians for Human Rights
PLAN USA
Project Inform
RESULTS
SHALOM North America Coordinating Committee - School Sisters of Notre Dame
Search For A Cure
Sisters of the Holy Cross, Congregation Justice Committee
South Africa Development Fund
Student Global AIDS Campaign
The Title II Community AIDS National Network
The Pendulum Project
TransAfrica Forum
Union of American Hebrew Congregations
Universities Allied for Access to Essential Medicines, University of Minnesota
United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society
Washington Office on Africa
Washington Office, Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
Washington Office, Presbyterian Church (USA)
World Conference on Religion and Peace
World Vision