President George Bush was hailed in Africa--"welcomed as a hero" according to ABC's Martha Raddatz (embargoed link); he has "gotten a hero's welcome," as CBS' Bill Plante put it. Plante profiled PEPFAR--the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief--a five-year $15bn aid package to fund HIV/AIDS clinics and provide medication. Raddatz examined a $1.5bn US-funded program to reduce the threat of malaria in 15 nations with a combination of medications, spraying residential areas against mosquitoes and bed nets treated with insecticide: "A simple $5 net has truly kept children alive." Instead of following the President to Dar es Salaam, NBC sent Martin Fletcher to Uganda for an In Depth report on progress against the AIDS epidemic. He showed us an American-funded orphanage in Kampala, founded for children of dead prostitutes, which offers a foster home, vocational training and sex education. The message of A-B-C, "Abstinence, Be faithful in marriage and Condoms," is taught by a chorus of singers, even though "condom distribution is not a policy pushed by the Bush Administration."
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