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posted 06 March 2005 03:22 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This is just tragic...

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia— More than 80 million Africans may die from AIDS by 2025, the United Nations said in a report released Friday, and HIV infections could soar to 90 million - or more than 10 per cent of the continent's population - if more isn't done soon to fight the disease.

More than 25 million African have already been infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The UN estimated that nearly $200 billion US is needed to save 16 million people from death and 43 million people from becoming infected, but donors have pledged nowhere near that amount.

In its report "AIDS in Africa," the UN agency examines three potential scenarios for the continent in the next 20 years, depending on the international community's contribution to fighting the epidemic.

Researchers determined that even with massive funding and better treatment, the number of Africans who will die from the virus is likely to top 67 million.

I'm surprised Stephen Lewis hasn't developed a drinking problem over this whole issue... gawd, he must have the most depressing job *ever*!

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Stephen Gordon
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posted 06 March 2005 09:59 AM      Profile for Stephen Gordon        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Another ghastly view of how bad things are:

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posted 06 March 2005 06:41 PM      Profile for radiorahim     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Whatever we have to complain about in this part of the world, the HIV/AIDS problem in Africa has the makings of a truly horrific tragedy.

I'm sure many of us would have liked to have seen a chunk of the tax cuts that Paul Martin gave to the corporations go to help out folks dealing with this incredible crisis in Africa.

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