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The Scope of the AIDS Crisis
January 15, 2003

"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?"
–Satchel Page


Richard Feachem, Executive Director of the Global Fund, provided some useful insights on the AIDS crisis during a media conference call on 19 November 2002... 

"The global HIV/AIDS pandemic is by far the largest catastrophe to befall human kind in recorded human history. It's already a good deal worse than the Black Death in the middle of the 14th century, and current projections estimate that the epidemic isn't going to peak until about 2050, 2060....

"India is on an African trajectory but just running about 15 years behind Africa. The scale of the Indian epidemic is just going to be staggering and at the moment there is nothing in place to attenuate or modify that Asian epidemic. HIV is surely going to kill far more Indians that any war with Pakistan could possibly kill."

For information about the Global Fund and details on Feachem's comments, go to:

AIDS will be a topic of central concern at the 2003 World Forum on Early Care and Education. For details on the Forum, go to www.ChildCareExchange.com.


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