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FIGHTING AIDS A TOP PRIORITY IN THIRD WORLD

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AIDS is the most serious health issue of our time, and perhaps in all human history. The statistics are sobering. An estimated 50 million people have contacted HIV to date; about 25 million in sub-Saharan Africa are infected, and approximately 3 million of these people die every year.

     Last week, former U.S. President Bill Clinton urged the Bush administration to come up with 2.4 billion annually to fight the disease around the world. So far, the administration has committed 500 million over three years to the UN sponsored Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for 10 billion annually to reverse the AIDS epidemic by 2015. He says AIDS is "the worst epidemic that mankind has ever faced."
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