COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS
SHED LIGHT ON AIDS PANDEMIC:
President, Head of AIDS Initiative Speak at Summit at Saddleback Church
The 2007 Global Summit on AIDS & The Church.
Dr. Wess Stafford, president of Compassion International. Dr. Stafford is an internationally recognized advocate for children. His award-winning book, Too Small to Ignore: Why Children Are the Next Big Thing, is based on his experiences growing up in Africa. Dr. Stafford will speak at the conference about children infected and affected by HIV to those new to HIV/AIDS ministry.
Dr. Scott Todd, Director of the AIDS Initiative for Compassion International. Dr. Todd, who received his Ph.D. in immunology from the University of California, is an expert on pediatric AIDS in developing countries. He will lead a workshop on forming partnerships with other Christian organizations.
By appointment, Wednesday-Friday
The statistics are staggering:
- Even new, lower estimates by UNAIDS say that 33.2 million people are living with HIV.
- More than two-thirds of those people live in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Nearly 90 percent of HIV positive children live in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Globally, antiretroviral drugs reach only one in five who need them.
Compassion is one of the few child-sponsorship organizations that offers antiretroviral therapy to its children and, on a case-by-case basis, their families. This therapy uses a group of medicines to improve and potentially prolong AIDS-infected patients’ lives. It costs $2500 to $3750 per year to offer the therapy to one person.
NOTE: To schedule an interview, contact Steve Yount of A. Larry Ross Communications at 469-438-7011 or [email protected].