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Bono – U.S. AIDS efforts “ paying dividends in lives saved, communities

stabilized and America’s reputation in the world growing a little bit brighter”

Manchester, NH -- The new U.S. global AIDS plan will be the difference between life and death for millions of people around the world, the ONE Campaign said on Wednesday.

The “Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008,” signed into law by President Bush on Wednesday, was the culmination of many months of work by Congressional leaders, and the voices of thousands of New Hampshire ONE members from the campaign trail and traditional grassroots advocacy. New Hampshire Senator John E. Sununu, joined the President for the historic signing ceremony.

The legislation is an enhanced and expanded program that is aptly named after the original bi-partisan authors in 2003, the late Rep. Henry Hyde, and the late Rep. Tom Lantos, father of New Hampshire Democratic activist Katrina Swett and the only holocaust survivor to ever serve in the US House of Representatives.

The ONE Campaign, a nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to eliminating extreme poverty and preventable global diseases, has been working with leading Republicans and Democrats to craft the new U.S. AIDS strategy, and has mobilized countless ONE members in New Hampshire throughout the first in the nation primaries, and will continue efforts in the battle ground state.

Group co-founder Bono applauded the new strategy.

“Americans, whether they know it or not, are literally saving the lives of millions of people in the poorest places on the planet. In the last five years, America has prevented 1 million women from passing on HIV to their babies … funded care for 3 millions AIDS orphans … and provided desperately needed medicine to more than 1.4 million people suffering from HIV/AIDS. You are my heroes and not just for what you’ve done, but for what this new law promises,” Bono said. “This has more to do with hard heads than soft hearts. America’s global AIDS plan has proved to be a smart investment, paying dividends in lives saved, communities stabilized and America’s reputation in the world growing a little bit brighter. This stuff works and leaders from left and right -- leaders like Senators Biden and Lugar, Representatives Berman and Ros-Lehtinen, President Bush, Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid – put aside their differences and agreed to do more.”

Last week, ONE applauded New Hampshire Senator John E. Sununu for his leadership as an original co-sponsor of the legislation in the US Senate. While the legislation authorizes levels of funding, Congress must still approve the investments each year. ONE will press House and Senate members to follow-through on the promised funding starting this fall.

Matthew Bartlett, ONE Campaign Regional Organizer and New Hampshire native, recently returned from a trip to Mozambique, Zambia, and Botswana to witness firsthand where recent American aid programs are saving lives in desperately impoverished communities across the continent.

“From the port city of Maputo, Mozambique, to the land locked capitol of Lusaka, Zambia, I saw where America is literally helping to save millions of lives, and lift millions more out of extreme – less than a dollar a day – poverty. I spoke with, and looked into the eyes of mothers and children at US funded health clinics who are alive today because of extraordinary American leadership. These are responsible and accountable programs that are demonstrating tangible results in each and every life saved,” Bartlett said. “The people of America and the people of New Hampshire should realize and celebrate the new and fresh partnership between America and the world’s poorest people. In today’s world, fighting extreme poverty and saving lives is not only the morally right thing to do, but in an increasingly small and some times dangerous world, it is also a very wise thing to do.”

The new “U.S. Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act” builds on the success of the initial strategy, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Because of the U.S. commitments in PEPFAR, more than 2.1 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are on antiretroviral AIDS treatments, up from just 50,000 people in 2002. Yet, the AIDS emergency continues to grow. Globally, for every two people who start taking antiretroviral drugs, another five people become infected.

The new law authorizes nearly $50 billion to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis during the next five years. It provides funding for treatment for at least three million AIDS patients, care for five million AIDS orphans, and training and support for 140,000 new health care professionals.

The ONE Campaign is a global organization uniting millions of people to press government leaders to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease around the world. For more information, visit