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Reform Jewish Leader Calls for Renewed Commitment to the Fight Against AIDS
In observance of World AIDS Day, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement noting, "Only by rededicating ourselves to the fight against AIDS can we hope to end this crisis that has killed six million people in the last two years alone."

Saperstein: Only by rededicating ourselves to the fight against AIDS can we hope to end this crisis that has killed six million people in the last two years alone.

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Washington, December 1, 2004 – In observance of World AIDS Day, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

    Today, as our global community marks World AIDS Day, we commemorate those who have lost their lives as a result of the crisis encircling our planet and take stock of how we have responded to the moral crisis of our time.

    In the past 365 days, more than five million people have been infected with HIV, and another three million have lost their lives.  Even as our government has succeeded in expanding access to medicines by increasing funding to fight AIDS, we have failed to meet our fair share of the global need.  Congress recently approved $2.9 billion to combat global AIDS this coming year – $2.5 billion short of what we need to contribute.  By not meeting our share, we condemn hundreds of thousands to die needlessly – a fate which we cannot accept.

    At the same time, we rejoice in the rapid expansion of access to life-saving anti-retroviral drugs in the developing world.  For the first time, hundreds of thousands of people will be able to live with AIDS because high quality, low cost generic drugs are making it financially possible to rapidly increase access to medicines.

    Only by rededicating ourselves to the fight against AIDS can we hope to end this crisis that has killed six million people in the last two years alone.  The coming year will mark a true test, as the world strives to meet the World Health Organization’s goal of putting three million people on antiretroviral treatment by the end of 2005.  This will only happen if countries, including the U.S. and Canada, dramatically increase their commitment to fighting AIDS – by doubling current funding, and at the same time canceling the debts that cripple poor countries’ ability to serve their own citizens.  By committing to this bold act of humanitarianism, our elected officials will provide the global leadership so desperately needed by the most vulnerable among us.  For the sake of our shared humanity, we cannot afford to fail.

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     The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis.


     



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