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A Piece of My Mind
July 10, 2002


Author Affiliations

A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2002;288(2):142. doi:10.1001/jama.288.2.142

AIDS could kill a continent. It is a catastrophe. It is a disaster. It is a pandemic of the worst kind. —United States Secretary of State Colin Powell in a speech to Africare, November 7, 2001

People no longer accept that the sick and dying, simply because they are poor, should be denied drugs which have transformed the lives of others who are better off. . . . Now [that] we know that that is possible, it is surely an ethical imperative. —United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in a speech to the African Leaders Summit, April 26, 2001