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President Bush asks Congress to double aid for HIV/Aids

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SHOTLIST 1. Wide view US President George W Bush speaking at podium in White House Rose Garden 2. Cutaway reporters 3. SOUNDBITE: (English) George W. Bush, United States President: "To date, the emergency plan has supported treatment for 1.1 million (m) people infected with HIV. This is a promising start. Yet, without further action, the legislation that funded this emergency plan is set to expire in 2008. Today I asked Congress to demonstrate America's continuing commitment to fighting the scourge of HIV/AIDS by re-authorising this legislation now. I asked Congress to double our initial commitment and approve an additional 30 billion (b) US dollars for HIV/AIDS prevention, for care and for treatment over the next five years." 4. Cutaway Bishop Paul of the Coptic Hope Centre in Nairobi, Kenya; Dr Bill Pape an expert in infectious diseases from Haiti; and Kunene Tantoh who runs a mentoring programme in Capetown, South Africa 5. SOUNDBITE: (English) George W. Bush, United States President: "The statistics and dollar amounts I've cited in the fight against HIV/AIDS are significant. But the scale of this effort is not measured in numbers. This is really a story of the human spirit and the goodness of human hearts. Once again, the generosity of the American people is one of the great untold stories of our time." 6. Close-up Bush at podium 7. SOUNDBITE: (English) George W. Bush, United States President: "Many HIV-positive Americans are able to lead productive lives. The story has been quite different elsewhere, especially in sub-Sahara Africa. When I took office an HIV diagnosis in Africa's poorest communities was usually a death sentence. Parents watched their babies die needlessly because local clinics lacked effective treatments." 8. Mid shot, Bush welcoming Baron, son of Kunene Tantoh, to stage and posing for photographers STORYLINE United States President George W. Bush urged Congress on Wednesday to authorise an additional 30 billion (b) US dollars to fight HIV and AIDS in Africa over five years, doubling the current US commitment. The US leader said the money would provide treatment for 2.5 million (m) people under the President's Emergency Programme for AIDS Relief. President Bush said through March 31, the programme has supported treatment for 1.1 million (m)people in 15 countries, including more than 1 million (m) in Africa. The programme's original five-year mandate, which called for spending 15 billion (b) US dollars, expires in September 2008 and Bush asked Congress to renew it. At a Rose Garden event, attended by HIV/Aids support workers from Egypt, South Africa and Haiti, President Bush said: "Once again, the generosity of the American people is one of the great untold stories of our time." The president said when he "took office, an HIV diagnosis in Africa's poorest communities was usually a death sentence," and that "parents watched their babies die needlessly because local clinics lacked effective treatments." Bush also announced that his wife, Laura, will visit four African countries - Zambia, Mali, Mozambique and Senegal - which have benefited from the US programme and will report back on her findings. The trip will be June 25-29. The president's announcement comes before next week's annual G-8 summit of industrialised nations in Heiligendamm, Germany. Germany is pledging to make Africa a central issue and is calling for more aid, further debt relief and improved financial oversight. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/16210c2617a8c02bf595a5519107cea7 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork