1640AIDS in Africa
- Aug 29, 2000"Gates Foundation on Big Funding Spree"
Science (www.sciencemag.org) (08/11/00) Vol. 289, No. 5481, P.
845; Hagmann, Michael
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made several large
donations for health studies recently. These include $40 million
for the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to study
malaria, $44.7 million for the Harvard Medical School for
tuberculosis (TB), $20 million to Johns Hopkins School of Public
Health for child and maternal health, and $90 million for
HIV/AIDS-related studies at a number of institutions. Jim Yong
Kim of Harvard Medical School--working with the World Health
Organization, local health officials, and others--will be
investigating a treatment program for multidrug-resistant TB
patients in Peru.
"President Urges Nigeria to Fight Tyranny of AIDS"
New York Times (www.nytimes.com) (08/28/00) P. A1; Lacey, Marc
President Clinton, in his visit to Nigeria this week, has
urged the country to confront AIDS and overcome taboos. This is a
challenge not just for Nigeria but for all of Africa, which has
been slow to educate its people about AIDS and the virus that
causes the disease. Clinton said, "We have to break the silence
about how this disease spreads and how to prevent it. And we
need to fight AIDS, not people with AIDS." Clinton offered
American support for Nigeria's battle against AIDS, but he did
not offer any new funding. He did, however, discuss the $20
million the United States is providing to control AIDS, malaria,
and polio in Nigeria this year. Clinton stated that freedom for
Nigeria would come only after infectious diseases are controlled.
Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo also urged debt relief for
his country. He noted, "We don't see [AIDS] as a Nigerian
disease. We see it as a world disease that is ravaging Africa
most." According to the White House, approximately 5.4 percent
of Nigeria's 114 million people are infected with HIV.
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