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G8 Nations Agree to Spend $60 Bn to Tackle Disease in Africa

by VR Sreeraman on  July 8, 2008 at 4:11 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
The Group of Eight leaders agreed Tuesday to spend 60 billion dollars to fight disease in Africa over five years and reaffirmed commitments to double aid to the continent.
 G8 Nations Agree to Spend $60 Bn to Tackle Disease in Africa
G8 Nations Agree to Spend $60 Bn to Tackle Disease in Africa
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The G8 leaders, issuing a joint statement after talks in Japan, set a timeframe of five years to make good on promises made at last year's summit in Germany to spend 60 billion dollars to fight malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis.

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Specifically, the leaders set a goal of providing 100 million insecticide-treated nets by the end of 2010 to halt the spread of malaria in developing countries.

They also reconfirmed pledges made at the G8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland in 2005 to boost aid to Africa by 25 billion dollars by 2010.

Source: AFP
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