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Afr Recovery. 2000 Apr;14(1):24-5.

Global partnership against AIDS in Africa. UN leads the way with governments, civil society and private sector.



Almost 14 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have died from AIDS, with a staggering 23 million Africans infected (70% of the world┬┐s total). In an urgent response to this deepening crisis, the UN has launched the International Partnership Against AIDS in Africa. The partnership is bringing together the key stakeholders to mount an intensified and sustained attack on the disease and mobilize the human and material resources necessary. In view of such, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan opened a 2-day meeting of the International Partnership in New York that included representatives of many African and donor governments, African and European nongovernmental organizations, senior UN officials, and philanthropists. In this meeting, he discussed the vital role of private sectors in supporting African efforts by educating employees, underwriting community education and prevention programs and addressing the urgent need for affordable medicines and further research. Highlighted in the meeting was the Secure the Future program, which combines funding for community education and prevention with training for health care professionals and medical research.

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