Money for Fight Against AIDS Would be ‘Best Possible Investment’ in Africa, Op-Ed Says
"Africa, with tens of millions of lives at stake, needs around $5 billion to $10 billion a year from rich countries in the next decade to battle AIDS," Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Center for International Development at Harvard, writes in a New York Times op-ed, noting, "This may sound like a huge amount, but it is a remarkable bargain." Sachs calls the sum "tiny compared with the great annual income of the well-off nations," adding that the money could save rich countries "greater costs down the road: in response to military upheavals, humanitarian disasters and the world-wide spread of infectious diseases given a new foothold by AIDS." Sachs praises Secretary of State Colin Powell for speaking "wisely" last week when he said that Africa's AIDS epidemic is a U.S. " natThis is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.