Clinton Foundation Signs Agreement With Ukraine to Scale Up Country's Fight Against HIV/AIDS
November 28, 2005
Former President Clinton on Sunday signed an agreement with Ukrainian Health Minister Yuri Poliachenko under which the Clinton Foundation will help the country scale up its fight against HIV/AIDS, the AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports (Bellaby, AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 11/27). The agreement will expand the role of the foundation in Ukraine and includes establishing a training and mentoring program for HIV/AIDS clinicians, improving the country's drug procurement process and increasing HIV-positive injection drug users' access to care and treatment programs (Clinton Foundation release, 11/27). The Ukrainian government and the Clinton Foundation in 2004 signed an agreement giving the country access to the foundation's reduced-price antiretroviral drugs and diagnostics (Ukrainian News, 11/28). Some HIV/AIDS experts estimate that about 1% of Ukraine's population, or 500,000 people, are living with HIV, according to the AP/Post-Intelligencer. Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has made curbing the disease a focus of his administration amid fears over the epidemic's effects on the country's economy (AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 11/27). Yushchenko earlier this month announced the creation of a committee on AIDS, tuberculosis and drug addiction in the country, according to Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov (Interfax, 11/27).
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