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World AIDS Day: Mandela Calls For More Help to Fight Disease; UN Plan to Provide AIDS Drugs to 3 Million

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On World AIDS Day we hear a speech by former South African President Nelson Mandela speaking at an event in Cape Town, South Africa this weekend. [Includes transcript]

UNAIDS and the World Health Organization are announcing a program to provide life-saving, anti-retroviral drugs to about 3 million people infected with HIV/AIDS in poor countries by 2005.

The WHO called on countries to train and organize 100,000 health care and nonprofessional workers to carry out the plan.

The program is part of a larger 5 and a half billion-dollar emergency strategy aimed at preventing the disease from killing about 8,000 people in the world every day.

To mark World AIDS day, former South African President Nelson Mandela was joined by pop stars Bono, Beyonce Knowles and Bob Geldof at a Cape Town concert over the weekend in South Africa to call for more help to fight AIDS.

  • Nelson Mandela, speaking on November 29th 2003 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Go to www.46664.com to listen to the entire concert.

Transcript

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NELSON MANDELA: Welcome to this great event. We are enjoying a wonderful concert here in Capetown. 46664 AIDS concert. 46664 is to help fighting AIDS that is claiming more lives than the sum total of all wars, famines and drugs. AIDS no longer a disease. it is a human rights issue. 46664 is for — was my prison number. 46664 was the my prison number for the 18 years that I was imprisoned. I was supposed to be reduced to that number. Millions of people infected with HIV/AIDS are in danger of being reduced to mere numbers unless we act. You can help us by going to the website while you find your local telephone number to call and pledge your support. By being with us this evening, you are already helping together we can fight AIDS and insure a more secure future for everyone. I thank you.

AMY GOODMAN: Nelson Mandela, speaking in Capetown this weekend in honor of World Aids Day. People can watch the entire event online at www.46664.com. You are listening to democracy now! On this world aids day.

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