Clinton Foundation, Caribbean Community sign HIV medication agreement

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com August 24 2002 12:00 AM ET

The William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation and the 15-nation Caribbean Community on Thursday signed an agreement that calls for the foundation to assist nations in the region to acquire cheap, generic versions of anti-HIV medications to treat the estimated 500,000 HIV-positive residents of the region, Agence France-Presse reports. The foundation also pledged to mobilize experts and train doctors, nurses, counselors, behavioral therapists, microbiologists, and pharmaceutical epidemiologists to help improve HIV prevention, education, and care in the Caribbean. "This is an urgent problem as there are hundreds of people dying every day," said Ira Magaziner, coordinator of the foundation's HIV/AIDS initiative.