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Former US President Clinton Launches Program for Subsidized Malaria Drugs

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton on Sunday launched a pilot program to make subsidized malaria drugs available in Tanzania.

The project will enable patients in Tanzania to buy life-saving ACT (artemisinin combination therapy) drugs 90 percent cheaper than the current market price.

Mr. Clinton told reporters near Tanzania's capital, Dar Es Salaam, no one should die of malaria. The sickness, caused by a parasite carried by mosquitoes, kills three million people globally.

On Saturday, Mr. Clinton toured a drug distribution warehouse in neighboring Zambia, where his humanitarian foundation is supporting efforts to fight HIV and AIDS.

Mr. Clinton spoke of the importance of improving Zambia's overall health care system during his visit to the capital, Lusaka.

More than 93,000 people living with HIV are being treated with anti-retroviral drugs in Zambia. Much of the cost of the drugs is paid for with help from the United States and other partners.

The former president's "Clinton Foundation" is working with UNITAID, a global drugs funding initiative, to provide HIV-positive children from developing countries access to inexpensive versions of these drugs.

Mr. Clinton is on an eight-day visit to Africa. He has already spent time in South Africa and Malawi.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.