Summary: Early involvement of Bill Gates in Nigeria
AIDS is a very profitable condition for a few companies with many patents. Treatment of patients is not free and if ever it is done for free, then it is by not charging for patents, which are an artificial monopoly. Nigeria in general has been a source of revenue for Gates, with all of his investments in oil companies that poison the population, not to mention GMO. We wrote about this in posts such as:
- Bill Gates Lobbies in Nigeria for Governments (Taxpayers) to Solve Polio Problem That Gates’ Investments in Oil Are Creating
- Wikileaks/Cablegate Sheds Bad Light on Bill Gates’ Rogue Patent Investments
- Gates Foundation Increases Polio and Tobacco Risk While Pretending to Do the Opposite
The following Cablegate cable from 2002 is important to us because it is almost 10 years old and it helps show the early days of lobbying the Nigerian presidency. It is interesting to see politicians paired with heads of corporations.
UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 04 ABUJA 001347 SIPDIS E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PREL, PGOV, TBIO, SOCI, KWMN, NI, HIV/AIDS SUBJECT: NIGERIA: FPOTUS CARTER AND BILL GATES, SR. VISIT ON HIV/AIDS -------- Summary: -------- 1. FPOTUS Jimmy Carter and Bill Gates, Sr. and staff from The Carter Center and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation paid a very successful, well-publicized March 8-10 visit to Nigeria. The purpose of the visit was to galvanize greater domestic support for the fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, increase the international spotlight on the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa, and to help destigmatize HIV/AIDS and encourage leaders to interact with people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). Carter and Gates met with President Obasanjo, visited a Commercial Sex Worker (CSW) community, addressed Nigeria's first-ever National HIV/AIDS Summit, and met high-level officials in the Ministry of Health and the National Action Committee on Aids (NACA). President Carter also gave an inspirational HIV/AIDS focused message at the Presidential Villa Chapel on Sunday, March 10. 2. Throughout the visit, the delegation specifically asked about local solutions and how to garner more support for combating the pandemic. They commended the positive programs instituted by the Nigerian government and encouraged it to recognize and use proven prevention methods. The delegation particularly emphasized Mother-to-Child transmission (MTCT) and prevention programs, which can dramatically halve the risk of HIV transmission to new-borns. They supported widespread implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention efforts, especially among groups at high-risk of contracting or spreading HIV, such as commercial sex workers, migrant workers, truckers, and intravenous drug-users. The Carter/Gates team also encouraged all segments of society, including government, faith-based groups, businesses, and civil society organizations to engage in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The visit fulfilled the objectives of the delegation and more. End Summary. ------------------------------------ Some Facts About HIV/AIDS In Nigeria ------------------------------------ 3. Officially, 5.8% of Nigeria's population between the ages of 15-49 is HIV positive, which equals an estimated 3.5 million infected people. Projections are that over four million Nigerians will be HIV positive by the year 2005. By t