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Capitol Health Call
May 12, 2004

African AIDS Funding

JAMA. 2004;291(18):2183. doi:10.1001/jama.291.18.2183-b

The Bush administration has released the first $350 million of what is slated to be a $15 billion, 5-year campaign to ease the toll of HIV/AIDS in Africa.

The State Department's director of the effort, Randall Tobias, told the Senate Foreign Relations African Affairs Subcommittee that the $350 million will buy antiretroviral drugs for 50 000 individuals in 14 countries, establish "abstinence-based prevention programs," and provide care for orphans and other vulnerable children.

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