Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, May 29, 2017
Cuts to AIDS Treatment Programs Could Cost a Million Lives – At least one million people will die in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere, researchers and advocates said on Tuesday, if funding cuts proposed by the Trump administration to global public health programs are enacted.
The United States currently spends more than $6 billion annually on programs that buy antiretroviral drugs for about 11.5 million people worldwide who are infected with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS. The Trump administration has proposed slashing those programs by at least $1.1 billion — nearly a fifth of their current funding, said Jen Kates, a vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
“These are lifesaving interventions, and these levels of reductions will significantly curtail service delivery,” Ms. Kates said.
Readings from Isaiah 59.14-15 for Monday, May 29, 2017
God looks at the world and declares that people in power have turned back justice and righteousness in favor of policies that enhance the powerful at the expense of the vulnerable. Those who turn from evil are stripped of their value or worse.
Isaiah 59.14-15a – Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands at a distance; for truth stumbles in the public square, and uprightness cannot enter. Truth is lacking, and whoever turns from evil is despoiled.
Prayers for Monday, May 29, 2017
Dear God, we pray for your intervention in our world. Please restore righteousness and justice.