Clinton supports Global Funds' mission

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently welcomed the support of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Clinton, speaking recently at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, called for the furthering of an AIDS-free generation, according to

"HIV may be with us well in the future, but the disease that it causes need not be,” Clinton said, reports. “Creating an AIDS-free generation has never been a policy priority of the United States government – until today.”

The United States is currently the largest single donor to the Global Fund, which, together with the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, provides treatment programs for approximately 6.5 million people living with HIV in underdeveloped areas of the world.

"With significant support from the Global Fund, nearly half of the people eligible to receive antiretroviral treatment in Malawi were receiving it last year, whereas almost nobody was on treatment in 2004,” Clinton said, reports. “This kind of progress deserves our support.”

Professor Michael Kazatchkine, the executive director of the Global Fund, applauded Clinton’s call to resource-rich countries not to cut their contributions.

“I welcome Secretary Clinton’s wholehearted expression of U.S. commitment to fighting AIDS and to the vision of achieving an AIDS-free generation,” he said, reports. “I also warmly welcome her strong affirmation of continued U.S. support for the Global Fund, even in these challenging economic times. All of us at the Global Fund are working hard to ensure that the Fund remains worthy of that support.”

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