|Africa||CATHOLIC CHURCH JOINS WITH INDUSTRY IN ANTI-AIDS CAMPAIGN|
The New York-based Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB), and the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) will join pharmaceutical leader Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) in its multi-million dollar campaign to fight HIV/AIDS in five countries of sub-Saharan Africa.
CMMB will contribute approximately 25% of its health care projects budget over the next five years to support BMS's $100 million commitment, "Secure the Future." Terry Kirch, CMMB Executive Director says that their $5 million donation "will fund programs approved by the Bishops in accordance with Cathlolic moral teachings."
"Women and children bear the brunt of this terrible plague," said Auxiliary Bishop Reginald Cawcutt of Cape Town, Chairman of the SACBC's AIDS committee. "We appreciate the trust CMMB has placed in us to help ameliorate the suffering of those afflicted with HIV."
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