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1893AIDS in Africa

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  • Bell, Elizabeth
    Nov 21 4:50 AM
      "African and US Leaders Sign Agreement on AIDS"
      Reuters Health Information Services (www.reutershealth.com)
      (11/16/00); Clark, Margaret A.
      A new document approved earlier this week by 24 African nations,
      representatives of the pharmaceutical industry, U.S. policy
      advisors, and researchers focuses on fighting AIDS in Africa.
      The document, "Principles of Collaboration: When Confronting AIDS
      in Africa," is expected to serve as a basis for an AIDS alliance
      between the United States and Africa; however, Dr. Richard
      Marlink, head of the Harvard AIDS Institute, which hosted the
      summit, noted that African nations must be the ones to take the
      initiative. The agreement urges African countries to determine
      their needs and set their priorities in terms of AIDS,
      specifically prevention efforts to keep the virus from spreading
      further and treatment for people already infected with HIV.

      "Carter Urges Africans to Take Initiative on AIDS"
      Agence France Presse (www.afp.com) (11/16/00)
      Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter said Thursday that African
      leaders must take the initiative in the war against AIDS, to help
      prevent the destruction of national economies and even entire
      cultures. Carter, writing in the International Herald Tribune
      newspaper, detailed a three-point strategy to help fight the
      epidemic. He noted, "AIDS now exceeds malaria as the single
      leading cause of death [in Africa], turning back the clock on
      hard-won gains in life expectancy achieved by many countries in
      recent decades." Carter's plan calls on heads of state and
      governments to publicly acknowledge the threat of AIDS and
      address the issue on television and radio. The proposal also
      recommends that African nations and international partners focus
      on preventing new cases of HIV and providing affordable medical
      care for those already infected. The last point of Carter's plan
      calls for broad partnerships, because "this problem is bigger
      than any one country, agency, group, or individual."

      "Annan Says TV Should Help Educate Developing World"
      Reuters (www.reuters.com) (11/17/00); Bases, Daniel
      Television should be used to both inform and educate
      people in the developing world, according to United Nations
      Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Annan, speaking at the fifth
      annual U.N. World Television Forum, noted that new information
      technology could help encourage economic growth and also reduce
      poverty. However, he warned that while television can inform
      people about the value of advances like the Internet, it also
      must help with literacy and other basic issues. Harri Holkeri,
      the president of the U.N. General Assembly, also pointed out that
      the new technology can be used to help promote awareness of
      diseases like AIDS in the developing world.
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