FW: "Peace Corps Expands Anti-AIDS Fight"
- "Peace Corps Expands Anti-AIDS Fight"
Los Angeles Times Online (www.latimes.com) (06/27/00); Briscoe,
Peace Corps Director Mark Schneider is set to announce today
a new plan to fight HIV, one that includes training all of its
volunteers in Africa about HIV prevention and care and forming a
"crisis corps" of 200 former volunteers to help battle the
epidemic. "There is no option for any organization working in
development other than to play a role in helping these countries
confront the HIV-AIDS crisis," Schneider explained. As part of
the effort, which will receive additional funding from the Bill
and Melinda Gates Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard
Foundation, 50 Peace Corps volunteers whose focus is AIDS will be
placed in southern and eastern Africa. Peace Corps volunteers
will reach hundreds of thousands of people over the next few
years, educating those who are at risk for HIV, training
communities about prevention, developing leadership among young
people for peer counseling, and working on programs to increase
nutrition for HIV and AIDS patients.