Hillary Clinton Pledges Bold Approach to Stopping HIV/AIDS & Global Poverty

Oct 26, 2007, 01:00 ET from Global AIDS Alliance Fund

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Senator Hillary
 Clinton pledged that, if elected US President, she will deliver on a range
 of bold, new policies to address global HIV/AIDS, the plight of orphaned
 children, women's rights, and related issues.
     Religious and community leaders belonging to two local groups, Iowans
 for AIDS Action and New Hampshire Fights AIDS, had asked that she sign a
 "Presidential Pledge for Leadership on Global AIDS and Poverty," which she
 signed today.
     In the statement, she pledges to provide "at least $50 billion" for the
 fight against AIDS by 2013 and to "make significant progress toward
 providing an additional one percent of the US budget to fighting poverty in
 impoverished countries."
     Clinton also pledged to "improve the coordination and effectiveness of
 US development assistance by exploring the creation of a cabinet-level
 poverty-focused development agency."
     "Senator Clinton is demonstrating the leadership we need to win in the
 fight against global AIDS and make our anti-poverty investments more cost
 effective," said Dr. Paul Zeitz, Executive Director of the Global AIDS
 Alliance Fund.
     "By signing this pledge, she builds on her strong record as an advocate
 on AIDS and global poverty," Zeitz added. "She is once again showing that
 she is prepared to deliver on the reforms we need to preserve America's
 leadership on AIDS and related issues and restore America's standing in the
 world."
     "In recent years, the US has made impressive strides in the area of
 AIDS treatment," added Zeitz. "Keeping up the pace of the fight against
 AIDS, at home and abroad, while at the same time fixing those policies that
 are not working, is a moral imperative facing the next President," he said.
     "AIDS kills 8000 people a day, and we cannot try to fight it on the
 cheap," said Steve Howard, spokesperson for New Hampshire Fights AIDS. "We
 are thrilled to see Senator Clinton taking this bold, forward-thinking
 stand," said Howard. "We also need to see the next President ensure full
 funding for science-based AIDS programs in the US, to reach everyone at
 risk," he added.
     Senator Clinton has co-sponsored important, bi-partisan legislation in
 the Senate to help African countries improve their health systems, which
 will help ensure aid can be fully and effectively used. The pledge she
 signed today includes a promise to "increase the number of health workers
 by at least one million, building local self-sufficiency."
 
 

SOURCE Global AIDS Alliance Fund
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Senator Hillary
 Clinton pledged that, if elected US President, she will deliver on a range
 of bold, new policies to address global HIV/AIDS, the plight of orphaned
 children, women's rights, and related issues.
     Religious and community leaders belonging to two local groups, Iowans
 for AIDS Action and New Hampshire Fights AIDS, had asked that she sign a
 "Presidential Pledge for Leadership on Global AIDS and Poverty," which she
 signed today.
     In the statement, she pledges to provide "at least $50 billion" for the
 fight against AIDS by 2013 and to "make significant progress toward
 providing an additional one percent of the US budget to fighting poverty in
 impoverished countries."
     Clinton also pledged to "improve the coordination and effectiveness of
 US development assistance by exploring the creation of a cabinet-level
 poverty-focused development agency."
     "Senator Clinton is demonstrating the leadership we need to win in the
 fight against global AIDS and make our anti-poverty investments more cost
 effective," said Dr. Paul Zeitz, Executive Director of the Global AIDS
 Alliance Fund.
     "By signing this pledge, she builds on her strong record as an advocate
 on AIDS and global poverty," Zeitz added. "She is once again showing that
 she is prepared to deliver on the reforms we need to preserve America's
 leadership on AIDS and related issues and restore America's standing in the
 world."
     "In recent years, the US has made impressive strides in the area of
 AIDS treatment," added Zeitz. "Keeping up the pace of the fight against
 AIDS, at home and abroad, while at the same time fixing those policies that
 are not working, is a moral imperative facing the next President," he said.
     "AIDS kills 8000 people a day, and we cannot try to fight it on the
 cheap," said Steve Howard, spokesperson for New Hampshire Fights AIDS. "We
 are thrilled to see Senator Clinton taking this bold, forward-thinking
 stand," said Howard. "We also need to see the next President ensure full
 funding for science-based AIDS programs in the US, to reach everyone at
 risk," he added.
     Senator Clinton has co-sponsored important, bi-partisan legislation in
 the Senate to help African countries improve their health systems, which
 will help ensure aid can be fully and effectively used. The pledge she
 signed today includes a promise to "increase the number of health workers
 by at least one million, building local self-sufficiency."
 
 SOURCE Global AIDS Alliance Fund