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Obama sets new goal to fight AIDS

Friday, December 02, 2011 - 01:30

Dec. 1 - U.S. President Barack Obama sets a new goal on fighting AIDS, as former President George W. Bush marks world AIDs day in Africa. Deborah Lutterbeck reports

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U.S. President Barack Obama vowed to bolster U.S. efforts to fight AIDS, setting a new goal of providing treatment to 6 million people worldwide, up from the earlier goal of 4 million. SOUNDBITE: U.S. President George W. Bush, saying (English): "Today is a remarkable day. Today, we come together, as a global community, across continents, faiths and cultures, to renew our commitment to ending the AIDS pandemic - once and for all. Former U.S. President George W. Bush also addressed the conference by satellite from Tanzania. Bush and his wife Laura kicked off their five day African tour Thursday with a visit to Tanzania to promote efforts to fight HIV and Malaria. Bush is celebrated in many parts of Africa for large-scale health initiatives on the continent he sponsored while in office. This is Bush's first visit to Africa since leaving office. A statement from his office said it was to celebrate the "remarkable progress made over the past decade to address the challenges of diseases, security and poverty". Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters

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Obama sets new goal to fight AIDS

Friday, December 02, 2011 - 01:30