EU Presidency Says Europe, U.S. Must Join Forces to Combat AIDS
February 25, 2004
Closing a two-day, 55-nation conference in Dublin on HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia, Irish Foreign Minister Brian Cowen said the European Union and the United States should coordinate funding of international bodies fighting the disease. "We should work together to ensure that the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis is adequately resourced," he said. "We should collaborate on the search for an AIDS vaccine. We should jointly talk to African leaders about their needs."Adapted from:
Cowen cautioned that unless Europe and the United States -- the world's largest HIV/AIDS donors -- coordinate efforts, they risk duplication and wasting money. Irish Health Minister Tom Kitts suggested the EU name an envoy "to establish real authority for HIV/AIDS" at the EU level.
The conference pledged to accelerate HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention in Europe and Central Asia, including providing universal access to antiretrovirals by 2005. The virus is spreading rapidly in the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, among 10 nations slated to join the EU on May 1.
"Future EU-U.S. cooperation in the fight against HIV/AIDS should be a serious item in the EU's dialogue with the U.S.," Cowen said.
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.