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Friday, October 15, 2004  

The Halliburton of AIDS Relief?

The U.S. has put up a $7 billion bid for providing health care infrastructure for the storage and supply of HIV drugs, and defense industry companies want a piece of it. NPR has the complete story, some excerpts here:

"What does it mean for us to be investing this level of resources in the defense industry entities to achieve our international AIDS efforts, and how close are we moving to have this become the Halliburton of AIDS relief?"

Maguire says the president's plan shows the price of going it alone -- and not working with multilateral groups already present in these countries. Groups like the World Health Organization and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The fear, she says, is that there will be parallel systems with duplication and waste.

"There is an absence of where are our partners in this," she says. "Are we potentially going it alone because of our own interest, not just in the projects and contracts that we already have in the various countries, but because of the interest in the suppliers and pharmaceuticals based here."

posted by Anjali Taneja | 10/15/2004 07:00:00 PM | |


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