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AFRICA: Japan AIDS pledge planned for G8 summit

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JOHANNESBURG, 21 June (PLUSNEWS) - Japan says it will commit US $5 billion to help Africa tackle infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria over the next five years.

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi recently said that although European countries had pledged increased aid to Africa, Japan wanted to provide assistance that would lead to self-reliance.

According to the International Herald Tribune, the Japanese funds will be used to provide treated mosquito nets to combat malaria, as well as condoms and HIV test kits to help curb the spread of AIDS.

Koizumi is to announce the pledge at the upcoming Group of Eight (G8) summit of industrialised nations Gleneagles in Scotland next month.



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