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Ivory Coast Establishes Ministry Dedicated to Combating HIV/AIDS
Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo on Wednesday approved the creation of a new position in the government responsible for fighting HIV/AIDS and "other pandemics," Agence France-Presse reports. Gbagbo chose Assana Sangare of the formerly ruling Ivory Coast Democratic Party to fill the new position, titled "Minister in the Prime Minister's office charged with the fight against HIV/AIDS and other pandemics." While the newspaper Notre Voie "hailed" the event as "an assault on the 'scourge of the century,'" others were not as enthusiastic about the new post. Some did not believe that the new ministry would be able to "function effectively" because it is separate from the health ministry, and others "slammed" the new office for contributing to the "effective overcrowding of government." The Patriot newspaper criticized the office as being "fraught with difficulties." The paper asked, "How does the minister of health make effective health policies when, in the domain of pandemics, he does not have a free hand? It opens the door to conflicts of interest" (Agence France-Presse, 1/26).
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