NIH Lauches Global AIDS Initiative

On World Aids Day last December 1, President Bill Clinton announced a new global initiative whereby the National Institutes of Health will spend more than $100 million in FY 2001 research funding with international partners. Jack Whitescarver, acting directing of the NIH Office of AIDS Research formally announced the "Global AIDS Research Initiative and Strategic Plan" at a lecture later that day. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, followed with a discussion of developments in epidemiology, pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention of the disease. Among the sobering statistics Fauci delivered: 22 million have died worldwide of AIDS and 36 million currently live with HIV/AIDS. At a national level, in South Africa, a predicted 50 percent of the population under 15 will die from the disease and many developing nations in Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the...

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