Bill Clinton Discusses Pediatric Treatment Gaps at AIDS 2014

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton greets delegates after his remarks at AIDS 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.

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During his remarks to a packed crowd of more than 2,000 people at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, former U.S. President Bill Clinton made a passionate case for the crucial role pediatric treatment and care plays in ensuring an AIDS-free future. 

“Pediatric treatment continues to lag behind in many countries,” Clinton said. “We are trying to help countries eliminate mother-to-child transmission and this is one of the most exciting goals in public health and entirely achievable, and essential to achieving an Aids-free generation.”

Clinton also stressed the need to address the gaps in care and disparities in access that prevent many people, mothers and children in particular, living with HIV from getting the lifesaving treatment they need.

“And we must identify and treat children infected over the past decade. They have fallen through the cracks. We all have a responsibility to ensure they receive the care they need to live the full, rich life they deserve.”

At the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) we are encouraged that pediatric HIV and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV is receiving the international attention and prominence that it has long deserved. We know how to end AIDS in children now and will continue to work to make people aware that pediatric AIDS is solvable and an AIDS-free generation is within our grasp.

Watch highlights from Bill Clinton’s AIDS 2014 remarks:

Source: Associated Press/The Washington Post