'We're Talking About People... Real Lives': White House Teams Up with Faith Community to Fight HIV/AIDS
- Faith-based groups are leading the fight
to combat this epidemic
with prayers fundingresearch and treatment.
teaming up with the WhiteHouse here behind me,
lawmakers and groups around the world,
to bring an end to this disease.
- Our administration is proud
to partner with faith-based organizations
across Africa and around the world.
- [Ben] The US President's Emergency Plan
for Aids Relief, orPEPFAR, has helped save
more than 16 million lives.
PEPFAR began 15 years ago
under President George W. Bush,
funding treatment for 14 million people.
The initiative even helpssome 2.2 million babies
who were born HIV-freeto HIV positive mothers.
- We ought not to allow ourselves
to be caught up in the numbers.
'Cause we're talking about people,
we're talking about real lives.
- We are going to win this battle,
primarily because of the faithin the Lord Jesus Christ.
- [Ben] The Circle of Hope in Zambia
teamed up with PEPFAR tohelp more than 3,000 people
this year alone.
- We want to reach out whole-heartedly
so that they can enjoy a good life
and actually experience thehand of God in their lives
- If you want to end this pandemic,
you've got to bring thefaith-based community,
the churches, especially in Africa.
- [Ben] On Capitol Hill,Congressman Chris Smith
introduced a five-year 30 billiondollar extension of PEPFAR
which has bipartisan support in the House
and just passed the Senate Wednesday.
- It could come back with a vengeance
unless there's ongoingexpansion of best practices
to reach the greatest number of people.
- [Ben] And do you feel like
with faith-based organizations
and with lawmakers like yourself,
we could possibly end this epidemic?
- I believe that this is doable.
- Now, AIDS-related deathshave been cut in half
since its peak in 2004,
and new HIV infectionshave declined by nearly 50%
because of initiatives like PEPFAR.
Ben Kennedy, CBN New, the White House.