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AFRO-NETS> HIV/AIDS: Bill Gates Announces Foundation Visit to Africa

  • Subject: AFRO-NETS> HIV/AIDS: Bill Gates Announces Foundation Visit to Africa
  • From: Dieter Neuvians MD <neuvians@mweb.co.zw>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2002 12:19:14 -0500 (EST)

HIV/AIDS: Bill Gates Announces Foundation Visit to Africa


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Carter Center delegations will
visit Africa next month for a week to refocus attention on the need
for comprehensive HIV/AIDS strategies, Microsoft founder Bill Gates
said yesterday.

The delegations, led respectively by Gates' father, William Gates
Sr., and by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn,
will visit Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria from March 6 to 12, meet-
ing with heads of state, government ministers, health personnel, re-
ligious groups, volunteers, members of the private sector and
HIV/AIDS patients.

"Stopping the transmission of HIV is the foundation's No. 1 global
health priority," Gates said yesterday. "We know that strategies in-
cluding prevention, education and outreach to those most at risk of
contracting and spreading HIV/AIDS can effectively arrest the spread
of the pandemic. More than 40 million people are living with
HIV/AIDS, a disease that is devastating to families, communities and
national economies in Africa, Asia and around the world. Governments
in both the developing and the developed world need to step up their
investment in a dramatic way."

According to Carter, "The strength and vitality of any country is di-
rectly proportional to the health of its people. ... Our visit is to
call attention to the need for the right resources and the right
policies to stop the transmission of HIV and other crippling dis-
eases" (Gates Foundation release, Feb. 24).

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