Press Release: Clinton Foundation Helps China Combat HIV/AIDS
Today, The People's Republic of China entered into an agreement with the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation to deliver a broad range of high quality, comprehensive, and integrated care and treatment services for patients with HIV/AIDS in China. The Clinton Foundation's HIV/AIDS Initiative will also provide technical and financial assistance that will help the People's Republic of China develop the required healthcare infrastructure to meet the myriad challenges posed by HIV/AIDS.
Ira C. Magaziner, Chairman of the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Vice Minister of Health Wang Longde in Beijing today. The Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative will work with members of a specially-organized task force, the State Council/Working Committee on HIV/AIDS, in an effort to roll out care and treatment to those who need it. With this new initiative, large-scale care and treatment programs will be offered through the Ministry of Health and implemented by its associated organizations and institutions, including the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and the Chinese Center for Disease Control. The Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative will also work with various bilateral and multilateral organizations and NGOs at work in China, including the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control, and the Aaron Diamond AIDS Institute. The Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative will also fund exchanges and other educational programs between Chinese healthcare providers and HIV/AIDS care and treatment experts from around the world.
Former President Bill Clinton, who visited China in November 2003 and delivered the keynote address at the Tsinghua University Summit on HIV/AIDS, praised the Chinese government and the partnership: "I congratulate China for undertaking this aggressive and timely effort to address the AIDS epidemic. China is at a critical juncture in the spread of HIV/AIDS, and with this bold and decisive step, the government is demonstrating its determination to contain the epidemic and to provide high quality care and treatment to those infected. I salute President Hu Jintao, Vice Premier Wu Yi and Vice Minister of Health Wang Longde for their leadership and I look forward to working with them to combat HIV/AIDS. Winning the battle against AIDS calls on our shared humanity, our shared resources, and our shared understanding that global health is vital for a peaceful and prosperous future."
The Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative is at work in 18 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean as it continues to focus on ways to dramatically increase the number of people with HIV/AIDS who are receiving care and treatment. In order to reach its goals, the Initiative is providing technical assistance to build the necessary physical and human capacity, procure needed pharmaceuticals and diagnostic tests and mobilize international resources to deliver high quality care and treatment to those who are struggling with HIV/AIDS.