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Mandela restores morale of AIDS conference

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7255.193/a (Published 22 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:193
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Durban

    Nelson Mandela, South Africa's former president, closed the 13th international AIDS conference in Durban last week saying that poor people in Africa, “who would carry a disproportionate burden of the AIDS epidemic,” would wish that “the dispute about the primacy of politics or science be put on the backburner and that we proceed to address the needs and concerns of those suffering and dying.”

    He followed this with a call to action. He said that to challenge the “grave threat” posed by HIV and AIDS, we have to “rise above …

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