News / Health

Obama on AIDS: 'We Can Beat This Disease'

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a World AIDS Day event at George Washington University in Washington, December 1, 2011.
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a World AIDS Day event at George Washington University in Washington, December 1, 2011.

President Barack Obama has set new goals and new commitments in the fight against AIDS.  The president pledged to make anti-AIDS drugs available to more people in America and around the world.

At a World AIDS Day event in Washington, President Barack Obama said the world can beat the disease.

The president pledged that the United States will help an additional two million people in hard-hit countries get access to anti-retroviral drugs by the end of 2013.  “And today we are setting a new target of helping six million people get treatment by the end of 2013,” he said.

Obama also announced plans to increase spending on HIV treatment in the United States by $50 million.

The president said the rate of new HIV infections is dropping elsewhere in the world, but it remains steady in the United States and more work is needed.

“This fight is not over.  Not for the 1.2 million Americans who are living with HIV right now.  Not for the Americans who are infected every day.  This fight is not over for them, it is not over for their families.  And as a consequence, it cannot be over for anybody in this room.  And it certainly is not over for your president,” Obama stated.

The president also called for countries that have committed to the Global Fund to give the money they promised.  He also called for countries that have not pledged, specifically China, to do so.

Former President George W. Bush also took part in the event, by a video link from Tanzania, where he is working on an initiative to fight cervical cancer in women with HIV.

During his presidency, Bush enacted the PEPFAR program, in which the United States spent $15 billion over five years to fight HIV/AIDS globally.

The former president also called for wealthy nations to contribute more to the fight against AIDS, despite their economic problems.

“And when you go through a budgetary struggle, it seems like to me the best thing to do is to set priorities, and to focus on that which is effective.  There is nothing more effective than PEPFAR,” Bush said.

PEPFAR is credited with making anti-retrovirals widely available and saving millions of lives.

Bush’s predecessor, former President Bill Clinton, also took part in the World AIDS Day event.

You May Like

Hong Kong Democracy Calls Spread to Macau

Macau and Hong Kong are China’s two 'special administrative regions' which gives them a measure of autonomy More

After Nearly 2 Years, Pistorius Remains Elusive

Reporter Anita Powell reflects on her experience covering the Olympic athlete's murder trial More

Kenyan Coastal Town Struggles With Deadly June Attacks

Three months after al-Shabab militants allegedly attacked their town, some Mpeketoni residents are still bitter, question who was really behind the assaults More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Obama to Ramp Up Anti-Ebola Efforts in Africai
X
Luis Ramirez
September 15, 2014 11:01 PM
President Barack Obama on Tuesday will unveil his plan to ramp up efforts against the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa. VOA White House Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video Obama to Ramp Up Anti-Ebola Efforts in Africa

President Barack Obama on Tuesday will unveil his plan to ramp up efforts against the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa. VOA White House Correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video West Trades Accusations Over Ransoms

As world leaders try to forge a common response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, there is simmering tension over differing policies on paying ransoms. In the past month, the jihadist group has beheaded two Americans and one Briton. Both countries refuse to pay ransom money. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London, there is uncertainty in the approach of some other European nations.
Video

Video Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interest

The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.
Video

Video Washington DC Mural Artists Help Beautify City

Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. But as we hear from VOA’s Julie Taboh, officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city.
Video

Video US Muslim Leaders Condemn Islamic State

Leaders of America's Muslim community are condemning the violent extremism of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. Muslim leaders say militants are exploiting their faith in a failed effort to justify violent extremism. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
Video

Video Americans' Reaction Mixed on Obama Strategy for Islamic State Militants

President Barack Obama’s televised speech on how the United States plans to “degrade and destroy” the group known as the Islamic State reached a prime-time audience of millions. And it came as Americans appear more willing to embrace a bolder, tougher approach to foreign policy. VOA producer Katherine Gypson and reporter Jeff Seldin have this report from Washington.
Video

Video Authorities Allege LA Fashion Industry-Cartel Ties

U.S. officials say they have broken up crime rings that funneled tens of millions of dollars from Mexican drug cartels through fashion businesses in Los Angeles. Mike O'Sullivan reports that authorities announced nine arrests, as 1,000 law enforcement agents fanned out through the city on Wednesday.
Video

Video Bedouin Woman Runs Successful Business in Palestinian City

A Bedouin woman is breaking social taboos by running a successful vacation resort in the Palestinian town of Jericho. Bedouins are a sub-group of Arabs known for their semi-nomadic lifestyle. Zlatica Hoke says the resort in the West Bank's Jordan Valley is a model of success for women in the region.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid