Money for HIV/AIDS on the home front.
CBC (1) (Cell Broadcast Center) See cell broadcast.
(2) (Cipher Block Chaining) In cryptography, a mode of operation that combines the ciphertext of one block with the plaintext of the next block. gets twice as much funding for health initiative
The diligent efforts of the Congressional Black Caucus Congressional Black Caucus, organization of African-American members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Founded in 1970, it addresses legislative concerns of African Americans and other minority citizens, such as employment, welfare reform, minority business and other organizations led the 106th Congress to not only pass the CBC Minority HIV/AIDS HIV/AIDS Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Initiative (CBC/ MHAI) in December, but also to increase the amount appropriated for it by $105 million.
Of the estimated 40,000 new HIV HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), either of two closely related retroviruses that invade T-helper lymphocytes and are responsible for AIDS. There are two types of HIV: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is responsible for the vast majority of AIDS in the United States. infections each year, greater than 50% occur among African Americans. Because of these alarming statistics found by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), agency of the U.S. Public Health Service since 1973, with headquarters in Atlanta; it was established in 1946 as the Communicable Disease Center. , the CBC/MHAI was developed to target funds to reduce HIV/AIDS in black communities.
The African American AIDS Policy and Training Institute (AAAPTI AAAPTI African American AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) Policy and Training Institute (University of Southern California) ), an educational organization whose mission is to reduce new HIV infections in African American communities, and other groups recently compiled a list of 11 recommendations for President Bush, which included urging him to provide full support to the CBC/MHAI mission.
Phill Wilson, executive director of the AAAPTI, explains that "if African Americans represent the majority of AIDS cases, then the majority of the resources must be aimed at African Americans."
The $350 million fueling the organizations this year is more than twice the $158 million the CBC/MHAI was granted in 1999, when the initiative began.
Though the president cannot change the current appropriations for the committees this year, Brian Modeste, legislative director at the CBC Health Braintrust, says, "We expect some concerns with funding for upcoming fiscal years."
This year's funding will be distributed to the following agencies: Health Resources and Services Administration The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is an agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services whose goal is to improve access to health care for those without insurance. ; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an operating division of the Health and Human Services Department (HHS), was established in 1992 by the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration Reorganization Act (Pub. L. No. 102-321). ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Office of the Secretary/Office of Minority Health; and the Public Health and Social Service Emergency Fund.
Help for the AIDS abroad
Entertainer Bill Cosby and former U.S. Secretary of Health Dr. Louis Sullivan helped to raise more than $700,000 for Medical Education for South African Blacks (MESAB) at the organization's 11th annual awards dinner, held in New York. MESAB is the largest single source of funds used to educate doctors who train and practice in AIDS-ravaged South Africa.
According to the AAAPTI, more than 70% of those living with AIDS globally are on the continent of Africa.
Estimated persons living with AIDS, by race/etnicity 1993 through 1999, United States 1993 1995 1997 1999 White, not Hispanic 80,480 91,756 107,273 122,880 Black not Hispanic 60,678 81,287 105,306 129,943 Hispanic 31,245 41,072 52,121 62,995 Asian/Pacific Islander 1,295 1,617 2,094 2,609 Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention