1893AIDS in Africa
- 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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