Bill Clinton Pledges $10 Million for AIDS Fight
Former President Bill Clinton has pledged to raise $10 million to fight AIDS in the developing world via his foundation.
Former US President Bill Clinton’s foundation is to spend an additional $10m to fight Aids among children in the developing world, he has announced. The foundation aims to provide Aids-suppressing drugs to 10,000 children in countries from China to Africa and the Caribbean. “These children need hope,” the former president said, launching the drive.
He said children accounted for one in six Aids deaths worldwide, but only one in 30 receiving treatment was a child. He said Cipla, an Indian-based company that makes anti-retroviral drugs for children, had agreed to provide medication at less than half the market price. Paediatric Aids medications can be four to five times more expensive than adult drugs, the foundation said.
The foundation will work with Unicef and other organisations to increase programme coverage from 10,000 to 60,000 children by the end of next year, according to Mr Clinton. Children in China are expected to start receiving drugs as early as next month, the foundation said. It will also target young people in the Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Rwanda and Lesotho.
A worthy endeavor, indeed.