HHS Secretary Thompson Optimistic About African Efforts to Fight HIV/AIDS But Says More Needs to Be Done
December 8, 2003
Secretary Tommy Thompson -- who recently concluded a tour of four African nations with a U.S. delegation of 80 lawmakers, business leaders and religious groups -- on Sunday gave an "upbeat assessment" of efforts in Africa to combat HIV/AIDS but said that a "great deal still needs to be done," the Associated Press reports (Wessel, Associated Press, 12/7). "From what we have learned there is no question in my mind that those resources are going to come and come very fast. We expect to make tremendous progress in that direction in 12 to 18 months. ... This trip has been a 10 on a scale of one to 10, everyone has come away with a new perspective on the problem," Thompson said after visiting Botswana, Zambia, Kenya and Uganda (Busharizi, Reuters/Boston Globe, 12/7). The U.S. delegation included Randall Tobias, head of the new State Department Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, and Richard Holbrooke, president of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The delegation also included UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot, Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Executive Director Richard Feachem, CDC Director Julie Gerberding, NIH Director Elias Zerhouni and NIAID Director Anthony Fauci (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 12/5).
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