Clinton Foundation to Provide AIDS Drugs at No Cost to HIV-Positive Children, Launches AIDS Fellowship in China
September 12, 2005
The Clinton Foundation on Sunday announced it will provide antiretroviral drugs at no cost to HIV-positive children in China, AFP/Yahoo! News reports (AFP/Yahoo! News, 9/11). Former President Clinton last week traveled to China to highlight the progress of foundation programs that aim to provide care and treatment to HIV-positive people in several provinces (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 9/9). The foundation has provided treatment for 200 HIV-positive children and plans to treat 2,000 more, according to Jessica Haberer, a Beijing-based research adviser for the Clinton Foundation. The foundation also is working with Chinese health authorities to obtain second-line antiretroviral drugs for adult patients who are resistant to first-line treatment (AFP/Yahoo! News, 9/11). The foundation also on Sunday launched an HIV/AIDS service fellowship, which aims to bridge the gap between treatment in rural areas of China and treatment in urban areas. The fellowship will provide one month of training in the U.S. for eight skilled urban doctors, who then will work for eight months in provinces with high HIV prevalence rates. In addition to treating HIV/AIDS patients, the doctors will train county-level physicians (Xinhuanet, 9/12).
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