Bush's AIDS Initiative Saves Millions

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CBNNews.com - Former President Bush's AIDS initiative for Africa has saved more than 1 million lives in four years, according to a Stanford University study.

Bush's program PEPFAR, which pays for drug treatments for those infected with HIV, cut the AIDS rate by about 10 percent every year.

"It has averted deaths -- a lot of deaths -- with about a 10 percent reduction compared with neighboring African countries," Dr. Eran Bendavid of Stanford University School of Medicine in California told Reuters.

Launched in 2003, PEPFAR is the largest American foreign aid program devoted to a single disease.

Bendavid said the program allows people infected with the disease to work and support their families and local economies.

"It is making a palpable and discernible impact," he said.

Bendavid also said the study offers concrete evidence that foreign aid programs can bring about positive change.

Sources: CBN News, Reuters

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