Anglican Church of Canada Calls for Government to Increase Financial Commitment to Global HIV/AIDS Fight
June 7, 2004
The Anglican Church of Canada General Synod on Wednesday during a meeting in St. Catharines, Ontario, approved a resolution calling for the Canadian government to increase its financial commitment to combat the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, the Vancouver Sun reports (Todd, Vancouver Sun, 6/3). The group, which meets every three years, approved the resolution after a speech from U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa Stephen Lewis during an HIV/AIDS session held as part of the nine-day meeting. Lewis, who is Canadian, told 300 delegates from 30 Anglican dioceses throughout the country that the HIV/AIDS pandemic is the world's "greatest threat," according to a General Synod release (General Synod release, 6/2). "There is no moment in human history that matches the force of this pandemic and the toll it is taking," Lewis said, adding, "We are 20 years into this pandemic and the world is just beginning to understand the scale of it" (Harvey, Ottawa Citizen, 6/3). Lewis also said that 30% of the populations of many African countries is HIV-positive, according to the Sun. "The continent is losing people in their most productive time of their lives," he said, adding, "The death spiral has only begun [a]nd these people do not have to die" (Vancouver Sun, 6/3).
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