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Friday, November 28, 2003

The world is losing the War against AIDS
Kofi Annan has said that the world is losing the War against AIDS and that the world's leaders are not doing enough to fight this disease + must display far greater leadership.

So far this year 3,000,000 people have died of AIDS. Even so, despite being described as a security threat by many of the world's most powerful nations limited resources, effort + political will have so far been devoted to tackling this disease, especially when compared to the "War on Terror".

As well as criticising the US + EU for their failure to find the political will to provide the drugs + funds needed to fight AIDS, Mr. Annan also criticised African leaders for failing to urge greater use of condoms, due to embarassment, although this simple measure would save many, many lives.

Listen to Kofi Annan's interview with the BBC here.

Further reading:

The UN's Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB + Malaria

The BBC's excellent AIDS debate special feature.

UNAIDS: The joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS