Newsweek International Edition Interviews Global Business Coalition CEO Richard Holbrooke on Status of HIV/AIDS Worldwide
Newsweek in its Aug. 15 issue of its international edition featured an interview with Richard Holbrooke, CEO of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, that discusses the HIV/AIDS epidemics in several countries and the measures governments are taking to address them. According to Holbrooke, HIV/AIDS already has begun to "wreck the social fabric and security" of countries in some parts of Africa, and numerous other countries -- such as India, China, Russia, Estonia and Papua New Guinea -- could face the same fate, he said. Holbrooke added that the HIV/AIDS pandemic is a perfect example of how an "ounce of prevention" -- including HIV testing, sexual abstinence, condom use, development of microbicides and education -- is worth "a very large pound of cure." Holbrooke also addressed how denial and stigmatization continue to be a barrier to effective HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention and how businesses have a "vital role to play" in such efforts (Guterl, Newsweek, 8/15). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.