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AFRO-NETS> Global Business Coalition teams up with Global Fund


  • Subject: AFRO-NETS> Global Business Coalition teams up with Global Fund
  • From: Ingrid Kloet <Ingrid@spinn.net>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2003 17:29:18 -0500 (EST)




Global Business Coalition teams up with Global Fund
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Dear all,

See below, for your information.

Warmly,
Ingrid & Steve
mailto:Ingrid@spinn.net

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"The partnership brings the U.N.-backed Global Fund to Fight
AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria together with the Global Business
Coalition on HIV/AIDS -- which includes almost 130 international
businesses.

Nine firms have already pledged to use their resources in poor
countries where they operate, though there are no details of how
much they will invest."

US Sees Quick Response to Africa's AIDS War
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By REUTERS

Published: December 7, 2003

ENTEBBE, Uganda (Reuters) - Health secretary Tommy Thompson ended
an African tour to promote AIDS awareness at the weekend, saying
he was optimistic that resources to fight the disease would pour
in from big business in the next couple of years.

Thompson visited Botswana, Zambia, Kenya and Uganda, stopping in
Nairobi to launch a partnership between business and a U.S.-
backed AIDS project aimed at encouraging big firms to help fund
the battle against HIV/AIDS in the developing world. Advertise-
ment

"From what we have learned there is no question in my mind that
those resources are going to come and come very fast," Thompson
told a news conference in Entebbe, 40 kmfrom the Ugandan capital,
late on Saturday.

"We expect to make tremendous progress in that direction in 12 to
18 months... This trip has been a ten on a scale of one to ten,
everyone has come away with a new perspective on the problem."

The partnership brings the U.N.-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS,
Tuberculosis and Malaria together with the Global Business Coali-
tion on HIV/AIDS -- which includes almost 130 international busi-
nesses.

Nine firms have already pledged to use their resources in poor
countries where they operate, though there are no details of how
much they will invest.

Members of the large delegation of U.S. officials and business
leaders touring Africa with Thompson said it was clear more drugs
and better infrastructure were needed on a continent where an es-
timated 26.6 million people are infected with HIV/AIDS.

"We have learned that the countries we have visited need a mas-
sive investment in infrastructure to deliver life-saving drugs to
the affected," Richard Feachem, executive director of the Global
Fund, said.

"But even with the current situation there is a great potential
to scale up the availability of anti-retroviral treatments to the
affected."

The Global Fund was set up in 2001 as a kind of global war chest
against the three big infectious diseases by the United Nations
and the G8 group of rich nations.

AIDS, TB and malaria kill nearly six million people each year,
mostly in poor countries.

Ingrid Kloet
5300 Eubank Blvd. NE 9-D
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87111, USA
Phone/Fax: +1-505-298-2644
Mobile +1-505-280-2218
mailto:Ingrid@spinn.net
http://www.gnpplus.net
http://www.planetpoz.org

"The overall aim of GNP+ is to improve the quality of life of
people living with HIV/AIDS. GNP+ is based on a policy platform,
'The Global Advocacy Agenda', which focuses on promoting global
access to HIV care and treatment, ending stigma and discrimina-
tion against people living with HIV/AIDS, and promoting the
greater and more meaningful involvement of PLWHA in the decisions
that affect their lives and the lives of their communities."

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