December 1, 2000
"My colleagues and I are convinced that 'One child. One life.' Can provide an important connection between communities of individuals who believe in the sanctity of life and who wish to translate their belief into a commitment to reach out to the most vulnerable members of society," said IAPAC President José M. Zuniga.
Starting with World AIDS Day 2000 (December 1), congregations throughout greater Chicago are being asked to raise a minimum of $500 to pay for medical care and support of one child for one year.
"One Child. One Life." is a project of IAPAC in cooperation with the National Conference for Community and Justice, Chicago Region and the Hydeia L. Broadbent Foundation.
Members of the "One Child. One Life." Steering Committee (in progress) include leadership of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago Board of Rabbis, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, Fellowship M.B. Church, Greek Orthodox Diocese of Chicago, Progressive Community Church, Nation of Islam, Chicago Synod ELCA, United Methodist Church, Reform Temple Movement of Chicago and Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago.
"One Child. One Life." also is the subject of a General Assembly Resolution passed November 17, 2000, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA.
The children who will be helped through the "One Child. One Life." appeal live in Botswana, a country in southern Africa with one of the worst AIDS problems in the world. Several American organizations are partnering in the initiative. Baylor College of Medicine is providing medical personnel and testing. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company is providing free medicines.
The funds raised in the religious community will pay for tests, counseling and social services for one year. Each dollar raised will be matched by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, which has committed to provide medical care and support for these children beyond the initial year and for the rest of their lives.
The International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care is a global organization of 10,000 physicians and other healthcare professionals battling HIV/AIDS throughout the world. More information about IAPAC is available at its Website: http://www.iapac.org.