Ex-President Clinton Urges Aid for Haiti
April 9, 2003
Those international agencies that are withholding aid to Haiti should make exceptions for humanitarian causes like the country's AIDS crisis, former President Bill Clinton said during a visit. Haiti, which has the Caribbean's highest rate of HIV infection, was Clinton's final stop in a five-day regional tour focused on HIV/AIDS efforts.Adapted from:
Clinton met with President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his wife, Mildred, who coordinates the country's battle with AIDS, during a visit to Haiti's National Palace. An estimated 300,000 of Haiti's 8.3 million people are HIV-infected, and AIDS is the leading cause of death among sexually active adults. To protest flawed elections held in May 2000, the international community has withheld some $500 million in aid. "I think there should be a humanitarian exception to the embargo on aid," Clinton said.
On behalf of the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation, Clinton and Mildred Aristide signed a memorandum of understanding, pledging to help the country plan projects and find funding to fight HIV/AIDS. "We want to find funds and resources to make sure everybody who is infected with AIDS has direct access to care," said Clinton. Though Clinton's foundation does not itself give direct funding, its AIDS initiative does have experts working in the Caribbean -- which has the world's second-highest infection rate -- and in Africa to help expand access to treatment.
04.09.03; Michael Norton
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.