Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Clinton Foundation & UNITAID: Reduced Prices on Vital AIDS Drugs

Press Release: Clinton Foundation and UNITAID Announce Price Reductions on 16 AIDS Medicines for 66 Developing Countries

Cost of Second-Line Treatments Falls by 25 percent in Low Income, 50 percent in Middle Income Countries; “Next Generation” One-Pill, Once-Daily AIDS Treatment Now Available for less than $1 per Day

May 8, 2007
New York, NY


Anil Soni has a message I'd like to share with you today regarding the above good news. I just sent the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative a donation and I hope you will, too.

Shaibu Musa's parents died of AIDS when he was just eight years old. Shaibu recently learned he too is HIV-positive, following a door-to-door testing campaign conducted by Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) volunteers in Tanzania. The virus has stunted his growth, keeping this 16 year old young man in the body of a boy. His body's defenses weakened, Shaibu was quiet and lethargic when we met him, but now he is being given a second chance at life thanks to antiretroviral therapy. There are five million people just like Shaibu around the world today who need these medicines and deserve that same chance to live a long, happy and healthy life.

Fortunately, President Clinton today announced new agreements that dramatically decrease the cost of medicines for people living with HIV/AIDS in poor and middle income countries - the best treatment in the world, just one pill taken once a day, now costs less than $1 per day. The new prices have been made possible by a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and UNITAID, a new fund for HIV/AIDS medicines.

I am proud to announce these new and important price reductions that will help CHAI and others in our global efforts save thousands of lives. But this is just a start, and we need your help.

You can make affordable treatment a reality for people around the world. Every contribution helps us to increase access to treatment, build health systems, and enable our government partners to effect the change that is so desperately needed for people like Shaibu.

Will you donate $25, $50 or more now to help the Clinton Foundation continue its important work?

My colleagues in Tanzania were able to work with local and national partners to ensure treatment is available for Shaibu and other Tanzanians living with HIV/AIDS, particularly in rural areas. In a world without borders, we all have an unprecedented ability to solve problems, save lives, and make a difference in our communities. Please contribute today, and help us take more steps forward in this fight against HIV/AIDS.

Anil Soni
Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative

There are five million people around the world today who need anti-retroviral medicines and a chance to live a long, happy and healthy life.

You can help give others like Shaibu a second chance at life. Donate to the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative using the link below today.