U.N. Secretary-General Asks for $2.26B to Tackle HIV/AIDS, Natural Disasters
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan yesterday urged wealthy nations to donate $2.26 billion in 2001 to help 35 million sufferers of disease, natural disasters and warfare in 19 "hardship areas," mostly in Africa. The request, less than the $2.3 billion sought for 2000, would tally "less than the world spends on military purposes in a single day," Annan said. Among the African nations considered hardship areas --including Angola, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, the Democratic Congo, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda -- HIV/AIDS topped the list of priorities for the funding (Bases, Reuters/Excite.News, 11/28).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.