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Taken Seriously as Terrorism, AIDS Can Be Beaten: UN Envoy

March 18, 2002

If the world responded to the AIDS pandemic with the same resources as it is fighting terrorism, millions of lives could be saved, UN envoy Stephen Lewis said in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Thursday. "On Sept. 11, 2001, 3,000 people died in a horrific terrorist act and within a few days, the world was talking about hundreds of billions of dollars to fight terrorism," Lewis, a Canadian, told reporters while on an official visit to Ethiopia. "But in 2001, 2.3 million Africans died of AIDS and you have to beg and plead to find a few hundred million dollars to spend. There is something completely morally wrong in human terms and that's what the world is beginning to realize," added UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special representative for AIDS in Africa. "If the international community gives the help it deserves, then Africa will be able to break the pandemic and survive."


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Agence France Presse
03.14.02


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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