World Bank Chief for Africa Warns that AIDS Could Wipe Out Development Gains
March 21, 2002
On Thursday, the World Bank's vice president for Africa, Callisto Madavo, said that the continent's gains over the last 30 years could be wiped out by HIV/AIDS if governments do not do more to stop it. Callisto said the bank had set aside $1 billion to help governments develop effective programs. He said the bank already approved $650 million in low-cost loans to 15 countries in the last 18 months, and $60 million to Ethiopia last year. But Stephen Lewis, the UN special representative on HIV/AIDS in Africa, told another press conference that Ethiopian officials had complained to him that the loan's disbursement was going slowly. "The lives of many Ethiopians are still hanging on the [World Bank] fund. What I have learned from Ethiopian officials is that there is an extreme slowness in the flow of this fund and the implementation of programs," Lewis said. About 3 million of Ethiopia's 62 million people have HIV.Adapted from:
03.21.02; Abebe Andualem
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