United States Joins French Program Pairing Hospitals in Developed and Developing Nations to Improve Access to AIDS Treatment
The United States will join a European project that pairs hospitals in developed nations with those in poorer countries to improve access to AIDS treatment in developing nations, especially those in Africa, Agence France-Presse reports (Agence France-Presse, 12/4). The project, which French Health Minister Bernard Kouchner first proposed in May, creates networks between European and American hospitals and facilities in the developing world. The 40 French hospitals participating in the program have so far formed partnerships in 20 countries (Kouchner speech, 11/28). Ten European countries also participate in the program. "This hospital partnership is a French project that became a European project and now, with this announcement, an American project," Kouchner said, adding that U.S. participation "will really make a difference" (Agence France-Presse, 12/4).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.