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Your Chance to Help African AIDS Orphans

By TCS Daily - December 18, 2003 12:00 AM

Click here to view photo essay.

WASHINGTON - This month TCS host James K. Glassman and colleague Eric Bovim joined United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson on his official visit to Africa to witness the devastation of AIDS on the world's poorest continent.


The week-long trip, which shuttled a 105-person delegation from country to country on a chartered 737, brought us face to face with the global AIDS epidemic.


You can click on the photo essay above that recreates our journey to Zambia, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda. It shows the faces of volunteers and orphans, mothers fighting to stay alive, and gives a peek at how and where American aid is being spent in Africa.


Babies all over Africa face an uphill battle reaching adulthood with their health and families intact. Some of the orphans in this photo essay live with HIV at Jaja's Home, a Ugandan center for HIV positive children operated by Mildmay, a Christian charity dedicated to helping children living with HIV/AIDS. This holiday season, you can make a contribution in your or someone else's name by simply clicking here. (Print out the form and mail it in or call their fundraising hotline.) 


Ultimately, our experience reflected the ambition and energy of Sec. Thompson, who brought with him luminaries like NIH director Elias Zerhouni and Anthony Fauci, the director of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; pharmaceutical industry executives and leaders like President Bush's newly appointed "AIDS Czar," Randall Tobias. At every speech, at every destination, the Secretary showed his "leadership by emotion" that helped get him elected as governor of Wisconsin four times.

We thank the Secretary for the opportunity to come face to face with the people in this photo essay. These HIV positive orphans are the most powerful image of the AIDS crisis at hand, and we dedicate this feature to them.

Make a donation to help fight the African AIDS crisis.


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