Mandela closes AIDS meet with cry for cash

BANGKOK: Nelson Mandela made an impassioned plea yesterday for cash and co-operation to fight the killer AIDS virus after a week of discord at the world's biggest AIDS conference over Washington's go-it-alone approach. 

“History will surely judge us harshly if we do not respond with all the energy and resources that we can bring to bear in the fight against AIDS,” said the frail former South African president, who turns 86 tomorrow. 

Wrapping up the week-long 15th International AIDS Conference here, Mandela urged the world's rich countries to make good on financial promises to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, launched in 2002. 

“We need to build the public-private partnership that is the vision of the Global Fund,” he said. – Reuters  

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Regional

India exam cheats caught with Bluetooth flip-flops
China vows further curbs on ‘disorderly expansion’ by tech firms
Nine Vietnamese fishermen nabbed for harvesting sea cucumbers in M’sian waters
Interstate travel likely to be allowed by first half of October, says NRC chairman Muhyiddin
Muted market response to 12MP
Hong Kong’s 11-year-old climate activist on a mission to urge adults help save future generations
China’s humbled tech tycoons pledge allegiance to Xi’s vision
Some Apple, Tesla suppliers suspend production in China amid power pinch
Embracing the light: Churches tap solar power
China to clamp down on violent, vulgar or pornographic content

Stories You'll Enjoy