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2005-11-29-Clinton Foundation Signs Agreement With Ukraine To Scale Up Country's Fight Against HIV/AIDS
Former President Clinton on Sunday signed an agreement with Ukrainian Health Minister Yuri Poliachenko under which the Clinton Foundation will help the country scale up its fight against HIV/AIDS, the AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports (Bellaby, AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 11/27).
The agreement will expand the role of the foundation in Ukraine and includes establishing a training and mentoring program for HIV/AIDS clinicians, improving the country's drug procurement process and increasing HIV-positive injection drug users' access to care and treatment programs (Clinton Foundation release, 11/27).
The Ukrainian government and the Clinton Foundation in 2004 signed an agreement giving the country access to the foundation's reduced-price antiretroviral drugs and diagnostics (Ukrainian News, 11/28).
Some HIV/AIDS experts estimate that about 1% of Ukraine's population, or 500,000 people, are living with HIV, according to the AP/Post-Intelligencer. Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has made curbing the disease a focus of his administration amid fears over the epidemic's effects on the country's economy (AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 11/27).
Yushchenko earlier this month announced the creation of a committee on AIDS, tuberculosis and drug addiction in the country, according to Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov (Interfax, 11/27).