|Aid for AIDS|
|Key Words||Prices, cost, funding|
At the 14th International AIDS Conference in Barcelona, Spain, a panel of former heads of state, including Bill Clinton, discussed the role of political leadership in the fight against AIDS. Mr. Clinton said that drugs that make it possible to live with AIDS and those that can prevent the transmission of the AIDS virus from infected mothers to babies through breast milk would be critical in the developing world.
As $10 billion a year is needed to control the pandemic, Mr. Clinton
proposed how drugs might be made more affordable for developing countries.
He recommended that countries first try and negotiate lower prices with
the drug companies. Recently, the 15-nation Caribbean Community has cut
a deal for affordable drugs. Alternatively, countries could approach Brazil
and India, which are providing generic versions of the drugs. Second,
the developing nations need to figure how much of the cost that they can
pay, and approach the rich nations for funding for the remainder and also
for prevention. He felt that this strategy would make it easier for the
rich nations to agree to contribute.
(Updated October 10, 2002)
|Source||Emma Ross, "Clinton pushes for AIDS drugs," USA Today, July 12, 2002..|
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