AIDS, of course, is a greater scourge than even a supergerm of TB as President George Bush showcased Africa outreach for the second straight day. Yesterday both ABC's Jim Sciutto (subscription required) and NBC's Ann Curry covered the President's proposals for Darfur. Today only ABC assigned a reporter to his plan for the next five years for fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa. NBC mentioned his $30bn funding proposal--double the amount for the previous five year period--in passing; CBS' substitute anchor Russ Mitchell did not mention it at all.
From the White House, Martha Raddatz (subscription required) illustrated how the funds for drug treatment had saved patients' lives with before-and-after photographs from the NGO Partners in Health. The President himself used the term Lazarus Effect to describe the revitalization of infected villages. Raddatz offered one quibble from "many AIDS experts:" prevention efforts have been a "glaring failure" of the program because too many of those funds are earmarked for sexual abstinence.
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