AIDS in Africa

  1. Hello Everybody,

    I didn't get to watch the State of the Union speech. I did get to see a discussion on the Leherer "News Hour" about GW's increased emphasis on helping bring pharmaceutical aid there to deal with the epidemic. I was thrilled to see this, as apparently GB has promised another 3 billion in aid, a dramatic increase.
    I just wondered what everyone else thought and am a little surprised that I haven't heard anything since. Rncountry, Maureeno, you are needed.
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  3. by   l.rae
    l had heard this on the news a while back...l think. l bet it got eclipsed by all the news on the impending war . Do you know what amount of aid they are getting from US now?....l wonder if it can make a significant difference?
  4. by   Glad2behere
    l.rae,

    I can't remember the figure, but this was a multi thousand percent increase if I correctly recall. I was really impressed with the amount of increase...and you know how hard it is to impress me.:chuckle :chuckle
  5. by   l.rae
    Originally posted by Glad2behere
    l.rae,

    I can't remember the figure, but this was a multi thousand percent increase if I correctly recall. I was really impressed with the amount of increase...and you know how hard it is to impress me.:chuckle :chuckle
    ......guess that makes me easy.....l'd be impressed with a lot less...........but then ya'll Texans have a reputation for BIG:roll
  6. by   maureeno
    the $500 million for this year comes out of money which had already been planned for other AIDS/Africa programs, that is NOT new money.
    Many AIDS workers are deeply disappointed the BushII idea stands independent of and does not build on successful established programs.
    [otherwise, I'm all for it.
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    okay, to be fair I just checked. there is an increase of 5% in the new budget. the other money though is re-directed from children's programs and a 50% cut in the money Congress authorized for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
    still despite the ineffective strategy, the intent is good.
    Last edit by maureeno on Mar 2, '03

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