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Africa abandoned on world AIDS day

New Labour wastes £7,000 million on Eurofighter, while pledging just £21 million to combat AIDS

Issue No. 1930

EVERY DAY 8,000 people die from AIDS. The United Nations AIDS programme has estimated that £20,000 million a year could treat six million AIDS sufferers with life saving drugs.

New Labour claims it is leading the way in funding help for millions of people around the world. But like so many other claims by Tony Blair and his government, it is a lie.

Labour’s sick priorities were seen when, in the week of World AIDS Day, it pledged to spend a further £7,000 million on the second batch of Eurofighter jets.

This could have provided a third of the money the UN says is needed. The full cost of the Eurofighter could pay all of it.

The government has pledged to give just £21 million to the global fund to fight AIDS in 2006. Blair is putting the funding of war and death over the lives of millions of the most desperate people in the world.

They will die not only in Africa, but in many other parts of the world where AIDS is a growing threat.

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Sat 4 Dec 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1930
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