Medical students and other health professionals plan to gather in numbers tomorrow on the Boston Common to appeal to Congress to live up to the US commitment to fight AIDS in the United States and around the world.
The Senate is expected to take up legislation on global health funding levels on Friday, and many AIDS activists say the expected allocation falls drastically short of what's needed. So in advance of that vote, the Cambridge-based organization Physicians for Human Rights is organizing the "Rally for Domestic and Global AIDS Funding."
The event, on the steps below the Massachusetts Statehouse starting at 12:30 p.m., will feature a giant counter ticking off the the new HIV and AIDS infections worldwide. PHR says there's one new infection in the United States -- and 45 new infections in the world -- every nine and a half minutes. And in that time span there are 36 AIDS deaths worldwide.
The Obama Administration has proposed spending $63 billion over six years for global health programs, most of it for fighting AIDS. In an analysis of the funding needs, PHR estimates that AIDS funding alone should be $60 billion over six years, and a total of $95 billion for AIDS and the many other global health needs.
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About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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