African Leaders’ Wives Pledge Support for HIV/AIDS Fight
Fourteen wives of African heads of state and Nane Annan, wife of U.N. chief Kofi Annan, have signed a declaration "pledging to press their husbands" to increase efforts in the fight against AIDS, Agence France-Presse reports. Signed at the Franco-African summit held in Yaounde, Cameroon, the declaration demonstrates the concerns of leaders' spouses. Chantal Biya, wife of Cameroon President Paul Biya, said, "The problem is so worrying for us in Cameroon, where prevalence of HIV is already at 11% with one million people carrying the virus" (Agence France-Presse, 1/19).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.