- "Free Trade, Wars to Top Agenda at Africa Summit"
Reuters (www.reuters.com) (08/03/00); Mseteka, Buchizya
African officials will convene this weekend for the Southern
African Development Community (SADC) summit in Namibia. Issues
the leaders plan to discuss include the war in Angola, the
economic decline of the sub-continent, and AIDS. Nearly 11
million of the 190 million people who live in the 14-nation SADC
are infected with HIV, according to statistics.
"European Union to Provide Funds to Combat AIDS in SADC"
PANA Wire Service (www.africanews.org/PANA) (08/02/00)
The European Union reportedly will provide $48 million Namibian
dollars to help the Southern African Development Community (SADC)
HIV/AIDS response project. Dr. Thuthula Balfour, coordinator of
the SADC's health sector, said that all sectors involved in
economic development maintain HIV/AIDS programs. One issue that
the SADC Health Sectoral Committee of Ministers hope to discuss
at the upcoming summit is the offers by major pharmaceutical
companies to lower the prices of their AIDS drugs. According to
Balfour, the health ministers have come up with a minimum package
of services that must be offered if AIDS drugs are provided, one
that highlights the need for a comprehensive approach to care for
HIV and AIDS patients.