Ugandan President proposes Africa HIV/AIDS fund-raise

Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has proposed a fund-raise by African leaders finance anti- retroviral treatment for the world's 36 million HIV carriers.
"We could fund-raise among ourselves," the Ugandan leader said in Kampala Thursday at the opening of a three-day international conference on better care and longer life for people with AIDS in Africa.
"Uganda could contribute one or two million dollars to help drug companies recover their research and development costs," Museveni boasted, adding "rather than trying to preach to them that they be humanitarian.
" "Preaching," he quipped rather cynically, "are for priests, not drug companies who are in business to make profits.
" The conference in Kampala is holding at the behest of the Rockefeller Foundation in conjunction with the Clinical Research Centre and Makerere University of Uganda.
The UN programme on AIDS, the US National Institute of Health and the Global Forum for Health Research are co-sponsors.
Participants include scientific experts, UB bodies, donor as well as affected communities and politicians.

19 april 2001 22:54:00

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