COSATU official, Italian Prime Minister discuss HIV/AIDS

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Zwelinzima Vavi, General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), was part of a delegation of international trade unionists who Thursday discussed the HIV/AIDS crisis with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
In a statement released to PANA, COSATU said Vavi pointed out that no war has killed as many people as the HIV/AIDS epidemic has in Sub Saharan Africa, and that projections and statistics suggest the pandemic was the single most potent threat to humanity.
"We are aware and do appreciate discussions to establish a global fund to fight the scourge, and await with greatest anticipation for the details and hope that we shall not be disappointed," Viva was quoted as saying.
He also addressed the link between HIV/AIDS and poverty, broader health challenges and underdevelopment, as the Italian Prime Minister made ready to host the G8 Summit in Genoa.
"Education and awareness, elimination of poverty, dealing with the challenge of underdevelopment and cancelling of the odious debt all have to be part of the total strategy.
This is the message those dying of AIDS are expecting from the industrialised countries," he added.

20 july 2001 12:10:00

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