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New York Times Examines AIDS Crisis Among African Armies
African militaries are "central to the stability" of many countries on the continent, "and few institutions in Africa are more threatened by AIDS," the New York Times reports. The Times yesterday examined the toll that AIDS is having on African armies, especially in Angola, Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa. Now that the war in Angola has ended, "we expect there will be an explosion in [the] numbers" of AIDS cases, according to Dr. Francisco Ernesto, commander of the military health service in Angola. The U.S. government is spending several million dollars this year to help 21 African countries fight AIDS in the military due to "American security concerns," the Times reports. "A key ingredient of regional cooperation is national militaries that are capable and competent and not dying off because of AIDS," Theresa Whelan, director of the Defense Department's office of Africa policy, said (Cauvin, New York Times, 11/24). The complete article is available online.
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