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Date:11/29/2007

ll members of the G-8. Russia, the eighth member, was not surveyed because of financial considerations.

Stearns noted that the World Vision "Index of Concern" finds Canada leading the seven nations for the highest level of empathy its residents feel toward those affected by the AIDS crisis. Following Canada, in order, are: France, Germany, USA, Italy, UK and Japan. The World Vision "Index of Concern" is a proprietary index that combines into one measure six facets of concern about HIV and AIDS globally.

At a United Nations press conference today, two days before World AIDS Day (December 1), Stearns urged all world leaders -- not those of only the seven nations surveyed -- to take note: Seventy percent of those surveyed believe their governments should place a "high priority" on education programs for children.

"AIDS is the greatest humanitarian disaster of our time, maybe of all time, and children represent our greatest hope in turning the tide against this deadly disease," Stearns says. "Orphans and vulnerable children are the 'echo boom' of the pandemic, and much more must be done to protect them from exploitation and provide opportunities for the future. To the leaders of the seven governments whose citizens were surveyed, to the leaders of the UN and World Bank, to my NGO colleagues, when history judges us, we all will be asked, 'What did you do to help them and stop the calamity of AIDS?'"

Ipsos interviewed more than 3,000 people for the survey. The margin of error is +/- 2 percent.

Today's release of the report marks the launch of the World Vision Global Vigil, leading into World AIDS Day. The 24-hour vigil in New York and 16 other cities around the globe aims to raise awareness about the estimated 6,000 children who lose a parent to AIDS and AIDS-related illnesses every day.

During each event, participants will read the names of several hundred children who have been orphaned. As the events move around the
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