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Senator Frist and Convention Delegates Support AIDS-Affected People Around the World, Raise Funds for Gustav Evacuees
Date:9/2/2008

s of town hall meetings, community gatherings, and direct meetings with the candidates, both John McCain and Barack Obama have committed to policies that will empower people struggling with global poverty and disease to lift themselves up and gain access to the care they need.

Senator McCain has pledged to eradicate malaria. He also has spoken at length about America's role in combating global HIV/AIDS and the benefits of such U.S. initiatives as the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Senator Obama has committed to doubling U.S. foreign assistance - to $50 billion by 2012. He would build on proven, successful foreign policy programs, such as America's global AIDS strategy to which he has pledged a stronger commitment than in current law.

The Caregiver Kit is a simple way that convention goers, as individuals and representatives of their political parties, can demonstrate their commitment to change the world through action and advocacy.

Family caregivers and community-based volunteers are helping people living with AIDS around the globe. But too often, poverty denies them the supplies they need to prolong lives, comfort the sick, and protect themselves from infection. These unique kits are instrumental in providing otherwise inaccessible, basic supplies like antibacterial soap, antifungal cream, disposable latex gloves, cotton balls, petroleum jelly, acetaminophen, and more.

World Vision's Caregiver Kit program was launched in 2006 to give the public a way to offer tangible support to those serving on the front lines of the AIDS pandemic throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Since the program's start, more than 143,000 kits have been assembled around the United States as churches, community groups, schools and businesses have been inspired to take action.

"Assembling these kits at the Republican Convention sends a symbolic message that fighting extreme poverty is an important issue in this election. Voters, delegates and
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