BBC-Friday, 14 January, 2000, 18:08 GMT
Africa urged to co-ordinate AIDS fight
South Africa has called on African countries to co-ordinate their efforts
and experience in the battle against AIDS and keep the critical health
issue on the world agenda.
Launching a National Aids Council in Pretoria, Deputy-President, Jacob
Zuma, said the AIDS pandemic was like a war and the region should
capitalise on the recent UN security council initiative focussing on the
issue to seek more help.
Further evidence of the devastating impact of the disease in South Africa
was provided by a survey released today showing that AIDS was
responsible for more than eleven per cent of deaths among the national
workforce in 1998. Mr Zuma said it was important to remove the cloak of
silence around the disease and create an environment of support and
From the newsroom of the BBC World