Policy & Politics
Kerry Victory Would "Profoundly" Affect World's Response to HIV/AIDS, U.N. Envoy for AIDS in Africa Says
November 2, 2004
A victory for Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry (Mass.) in Tuesday's election would "profoundly affect the world's response to AIDS," U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa Stephen Lewis has said, according to the Toronto Star (Ross, Toronto Star, 10/30). President Bush last year launched the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which is a five-year, $15 billion program that directs funding to 15 focus countries, including the African nations of Botswana, Ethiopia, Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia; Haiti and Guyana in the Caribbean; and Vietnam in Asia. Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. John Edwards (N.C.) has said that he and Kerry want to double the amount of PEPFAR funding to $30 billion (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 10/6). If Kerry is elected, some of the money could be used in countries that are not considered to be current focus countries under PEPFAR, such as Swaziland, Lesotho and Malawi, according to the Star. Lewis, a former Canadian politician and diplomat, said that the U.S. election is a matter of "mortal concern" for the people of Africa, and the Canadian position on HIV/AIDS would become "much more feasible" if Kerry becomes president, the Star reports.
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