Senator Frist Calls Botswana's "Political Will" Model for Other Countries Fighting HIV/AIDS
August 27, 2003
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), who is leading a six-member congressional delegation on a four-country trip through Africa, yesterday said that Botswana should be considered a model for other countries fighting HIV/AIDS, the Associated Press reports. "I am impressed with the political will [in Botswana]," Frist said, adding, "I hope that this political will serves as an example to other countries throughout the world, even beyond Africa." Botswana has implemented Africa's "most aggressive" effort to combat HIV/AIDS, including the provision of antiretroviral drugs to all who need them, according to the Associated Press. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, pharmaceutical company Merck and a Harvard University research lab located in the country are assisting Botswana's efforts through financial and technical support. The congressional delegation on Monday visited an HIV/AIDS clinic in Botswana's capital, Gaborone. The clinic is the largest of its kind in Africa, serving about 5,000 patients (Motseta, Associated Press, 8/26). The delegation, which includes Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and John Warner (R-Va.), travels next to Namibia to meet with government and public health officials, physicians and HIV-positive people and their families before returning to the United States on Friday (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 8/21).
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