UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned leaders joining a three-day meeting in New York City Wednesday that the world has fallen far short of its promises five years ago to fight HIV/Aids, and to find new ways to tackle the virus.
The United Nations hopes the high-level meeting on Aids will bring a surge of new funding, after a report warned that the epidemic continues to spread, efforts to fight Aids among women and children had failed and that young people still have little understanding of the disease, according to the Associated Press.
The report also said that $20 billion will be needed each year to fight Aids by 2008.
Several heads of state and dozens of government officials will seek to craft a document that charts a course to provide universal access for AIDS prevention and treatment by 2010, the AP reported.
The 25-year-old AIDS epidemic has claimed 25 million lives and shows no signs of slowing down, a United Nations agency reported earlier this week. – (HealthDayNews)
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