If new aid to Africa is to translate into genuine improvements in the everyday lives of Africans, we must insist that aid promises are kept and resources allocated.
Please join us as we urge President Bush to turn this historic G-8 pledge into meaningful, livesaving programs.
The G-8 summit meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland came to a close last Friday, with leaders of the world's richest nations pledging to increase development aid for Africa by $25 billion over the next five years. But now, we must turn promises into action.
The G-8's promise of substantial new aid to Africa will focus on increasing public access to essential HIV/AIDS treatments, and could mean that 9 million more people in Africa's poorest countries will soon have access to lifesaving drugs.
It was an awesome display of what ordinary citizens can accomplish when we speak with ONE voice. But this is only the beginning - and serious work remains to be done. If new aid is to translate into genuine improvements in the everyday lives of Africans, we must insist that promises are kept and resources allocated.
By following through on our commitments, we can advance the cause of peace by enhancing our security. AIDS has devastated African economies and caused enormous political instability. And as we've seen elsewhere, societies plagued by poverty and epidemics can descend into chaos and become a hotbed of recruitment for terrorists. Acting decisively now is not just the moral thing to do, it's practical too.
Join us as we urge President Bush to turn this historic pledge into meaningful, lifesaving programs:
Thank you for taking action today!
- Dawn S
Care2 and ThePetitionSite team