AIDS CZAR, IN AFRICA, APPLAUDS GORE
GLOBAL AIDS INITIATIVE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 1999
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KAMPALA, UGANDA - Sandra L. Thurman, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, released the following statement from Kampala, Uganda, where she is on a four country tour to implement the LIFE Initiative, the new U.S. response to the global AIDS pandemic:
"Since the beginning of this relentless pandemic, it has been determined leadership that has made the most profound difference. Today, I am extremely pleased that Vice President Gore and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Richard Holbrooke, have seized this historic moment to lead the Security Council to its first consideration of a health issue. Today, the U.N. stated in no uncertain terms that our shared battle against AIDS is much more than a humanitarian crisis, it is an economic and a security crisis as well. If we are to win this war, it will take aggressive and concrete action from all sectors of all nations. Today's action moves us decisively in that direction."
For more information, please contact the Office of the Vice President at (202) 456-7035. For Sandra Thurman, on location in Uganda, please call (256) 77-221-293 or her office in Washington, D.C. at (202) 456-2959.