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Vatican envoy to UN calls for more life-saving treatments for AIDS patients

 Archbishop Celestino Migliore, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations called for greater access to anti-retroviral therapy and life-saving action for AIDS patients, during a high-level meeting in New York last week. Archbishop Migliore noted the great efforts being made by many Bishops' Conferences around the world, especially "among the most marginalized populations," such as India, where, he said, "more than 100 centres that offer treatment, care and support to AIDS patients have been put in place. Soon, in addition to these institutions, another 45 centres will open in rural and isolated areas." Archbishop Migliore said the United States Bishops Conference "supports approximately 250 projects in the poorest countries, a figure that in 2007 amounted to over $120 million in assistance." He said: "At the international level, the Holy See through its various institutions is present in all continents of the world, providing education, treatment, care and support regardless of race, nationality or creed." With the help of thousands of volunteers, he said the Church provided medical and nutritional care and support to almost 350,000 people living with HIV/AIDS and anti-retroviral treatment to over 90,000 men, women and children. But he said many more antiretrovirals were required and there was also a need to step up treatment of tuberculosis and malaria which are two of the leading direct causes of death from AIDS. Source: Fides