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Majority of G-8 Mobilizes Billions to Combat Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries
Clinton-Gore Administration Investment at $4 Billion
Japan Pledges $3 Billion Over Five Years

July 22, 2000

Today, President Clinton and other G-8 leaders announced new partnerships to prevent and control HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis (TB) and other infectious killers, and to accelerate the development of badly needed vaccines. The majority of G-8 nations have made significant new resource commitments to the infectious disease initiative.

Under the President's FY 2001 budget request, the U.S. contribution to this effort will be more than $4 billion. The initiative includes:

The Clinton-Gore Administration has been working to strengthen resources and leadership among G-8 nations for the fight against HIV/AIDS and other infectious disease threats. The global challenge of infectious disease is major focus at this year's Summit, and G-7 nations are making significant pledges to prevent and control HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB. The initiative includes:

The World Bank has committed $600 to $700 million in lending for HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB and immunizations. The Clinton-Gore Administration has been urging multilateral development banks to increase their resources for health care systems, including vaccination programs and HIV/AIDS prevention and care. World Bank President James Wolfensohn has committed to triple concessional lending in FY 2001 for AIDS, malaria, TB, and immunizations from $200 million to between $600 and $700 million. This step will complement the Cologne Debt Initiative, which will help free the resources of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries so they can invest in health care, education, the fight against AIDS, the alleviation of poverty, and future prosperity.

Today's announcement builds on the Administration's aggressive response to global disease challenges.

The Scope of the Problem of Infectious Disease in Developing Countries:

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