Former President Clinton to Lead Mission to Africa, Will Address AIDS
Former President Bill Clinton will lead a mission to Africa dedicated to finding solutions to several problems in the region, including HIV/AIDS, Reuters reports. The announcement was made Saturday at a summit of 11 government leaders in Stockholm, Sweden. The summit is part of a series of meetings organized by Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair to "bring together leaders sharing an ideology seeking to combine capitalist market economy with a strong role for government in social welfare." As head of the mission, Clinton will "identify the steps needed to be taken by the world community and African governments to tackle Africa's challenges." In a statement, the leaders said, "We commit ourselves to work together to promote economic growth, education and health and fight the development challenges in Africa, including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria." Along with Blair, South African President Thabo Mbeki and nine other heads of state attended the summit. Clinton was not present (Lynn, Reuters, 2/23).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.