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Dollars and Cents vs. the AIDS Epidemic

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Science  29 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5526, pp. 2420-2422
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5526.2420

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BOSTON-- Harvard economist Jeffrey Sachs has jumped into one of the biggest and most visible international public health issues of the day: the tragedy inflicted by HIV/AIDS on the developing world, especially sub-Saharan Africa. He's become one of the most vocal advocates for a multibillion-dollar international program to tackle not only AIDS but the intolerable disease burden that, he argues, is holding back the developing world. He's constantly cajoling rich governments to open up their coffers and drug companies to loosen their intellectual property claims on drugs desperately needed in poorer countries. (Also see Policy Forum by Schwartländer et al. on p. 2434.)