Former U.S. President Bill Clinton Praises Efforts Against AIDS in Visit to Bahamas
April 7, 2003
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton praised the Bahamas' efforts against AIDS, calling the Caribbean country's successes a model for other nations struggling with the epidemic. Speaking to high school students, Clinton said Bahamian programs have proven particularly effective by reducing the mother-to-child transmission rate from 30 percent to 3 percent. "No nation has done more to try to face this problem in a brave and forthright way than you have," he said. Clinton also met with Prime Minister Perry Christie and visited an AIDS treatment clinic. "If you can reverse and defeat HIV/AIDS in the Bahamas, if we can do it in the Caribbean, then we can do it in the places where the numbers are bigger," said Clinton. This was Clinton's first stop in a five-day Caribbean tour focused on HIV/AIDS. The Caribbean has the world's second highest HIV/AIDS infection rate.Adapted from:
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.