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Offline tigger2376

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Red Nose Day UK
« on: March 06, 2007, 08:40:30 PM »
Has anyone else noticed, that whilst this charity promotes its great work in Africa on HIV/AIDS projects, in the UK, the emphasis is on other things?
They say they help the elderly,the homeless,abused women and children and many other worthy causes,but seem to have lost sight of those with HIV/AIDS at 'home'.
Please don't get me wrong,they do a great deal, but what about us?
I know i'm going to enjoy the party in the afterlife, but do you all mind that I'm going to be VERY late!!!

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Re: Red Nose Day UK
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2007, 09:35:41 PM »
I guess this is a mutual feeling on both sides of the pond.about charity beginning at home Though now seeing the horror stories from Walter Reed Hospital , and the nitemare of katrina maybe pwa/hiv don't have it so bad
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Re: Red Nose Day UK
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2007, 09:46:47 PM »

Since I live in the good ole USA I can't comment on the UK but I certainly know HIV/AIDS dropped from society's radar screen here in the mid-90s and definitely needs to be moved back on.  There are people dying because they can't afford treatment (and how many of us can afford ~$1500 a month?) and public funding is inadequate and their lives (and deaths) fall through the cracks.  Wherever we are we need to be stronger proponents of assistance to the HIV infected and affected in our own country.

I see the global fight against HIV as equally important as any one country's internal efforts.  The world turned its back for almost 20 years on some of the poorest countries hit hard by HIV.  Efforts now are a start in winning the global battle but much more must be done. 

The world has enough wealth to battle HIV/AIDS if a broad coalition of nations decides the very real threat to world peace and stability, caused by the implosion of one country after another overwhelmed by infection rates as high as 30%, is allowed to happen.   I mentioned in an earlier thread today that in early 2001 Secretary of State Colin Powell listed the global HIV crisis as one of the biggest threats to US national security for the reasons stated above.  9/11 didn't change that threat but it sure helped to push it under the rug.

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Offline tigger2376

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Re: Red Nose Day UK
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2007, 06:39:39 PM »
Its something that just seems to be ignored. Now meds are giving us a chance to live longer,shouldn't there be MORE not less money available? I'm privileged in that I live in the UK and my meds are free because I'm on benefits, but my taxes have been paid all my life, so I'm not going to feel guilty. HOWEVER if in Uk you return unused meds they are destroyed...how criminally wasteful. I have recently found a place to donate my  excess meds but its in the US, just mad.
Services and facilities are constantly being cut. I'm seeing my HIV social worker for the last time tomorrow because the council have sacked him, saying there's 'no need' for his services. With high infection rates, less education etc, in the long term this will cost more.
I agree Boo but I don't think we're cutting edge any more. The likes of Bono etc are moving on to the next issue which bests displays their bleeding hearts.
What about our broken ones?
Where are UNESCO, WHO and G8 and where has all the supposedly SAFE funding gone?
I know i'm going to enjoy the party in the afterlife, but do you all mind that I'm going to be VERY late!!!


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