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US senate generous with UN-administered body
Tuesday 22 March 2005
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AFRICA: US senate generous with UN-administered body

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

JOHANNESBURG, 18 March (PLUSNEWS) - The US Senate this week almost tripled President George W Bush's recent request for funding to the Global AIDS Fund, which aims to boost the worldwide fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

If approved by the House of Representatives, the $500 million increase would raise the country's contribution to the Fund to $800 million for the 2006 fiscal year, which begins in October 2005.

Reuters quoted Pennsylvania Republican Senator Rick Santorum, as saying: "One of the most important things we can do is work on the pandemic that's affecting Africa right now."

AIDS activists have welcomed the move, despite their previous criticism of the Bush administration for not pumping enough money into the Fund.



Recent AFRICA Reports
Youth adopt HIV/AIDS strategic plan,  21/Mar/05
World Bank grants region $20 million to fight HIV/AIDS,  18/Mar/05
IRIN PlusNews Weekly Issue 225, 18 March 2005,  18/Mar/05
Youth meet to discuss ways of fighting HIV/AIDS,  15/Mar/05
New thinking needed on impact of HIV/AIDS on agriculture,  15/Mar/05
Le portail d'informations générales de la Côte d’Ivoire
Sida Info Services
Le Fonds mondial de lutte contre le SIDA, la tuberculose et le paludisme
Le Réseau Afrique 2000
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria

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