Hillary Clinton’s ‘AIDS-free Generation’ Earns Mixed Reactions

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Photo by: U.S. State Department

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s declaration of U.S. commitment to lead global efforts toward achieving an “AIDS-free generation” has earned mixed reactions from the development community, with some groups praising Clinton’s vision and others arguing her remarks were more of a “spin” than actual commitment to action.

Clinton’s remarks are “the first step in an ambitious vision for ending the global AIDS epidemic,” according to Mitchell Warren, head of the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition, the Voice of America reports. 

Clinton announced on Tuesday (Nov. 8) that the U.S. is providing $50 million to push a three-pronged approach toward ending AIDS in poor countries. She also urged other donors to follow suit and commit sustained support for AIDS treatment and prevention services.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, however, expressed skepticism over Clinton’s remarks, arguing the Obama administration has yet to fully support global efforts to fight AIDS. The foundation also noted Clinton’s three-pronged strategy lacks actual proposals on how an AIDS-free generation can be achieved.

Meanwhile, a student of the University of Colorado’s School of Medicine has a suggestion on how the U.S. government can implement its strategy, particularly on strengthening health systems in sub-Saharan Africa: Adopt the principles of a Global Health Service Corp. that would bring U.S. health professionals to Africa to train local health workers there.

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