December 1, 1998


Eleven years ago, on the first World AIDS Day, we vowed to put an end to the AIDS epidemic. Eleven years from now, I hope we will be able to say that the steps we are taking today led us to that great day.

President Bill Clinton
December 1, 1998

Today, President Clinton is joined by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Brian Atwood to commemorate World AIDS Day by launching a series of new initiatives to address the growing crisis of HIV/AIDS around the world, particularly the millions of children orphaned by AIDS.

The Need To Help Children Orphaned By HIV/AIDS. Over 33 million people around the world are now living with HIV or AIDS, with another 5.8 million becoming infected every year. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) projects that up to 40 million children will be orphaned by HIV/AIDS by the year 2010, with more than 90 percent of those children living in developing countries with few resources to provide care and support. In the United States, as many as 80,000 children already have been orphaned by AIDS.

Increasing Research Into HIV/AIDS. The President will announce an increase in funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on research to prevent and treat HIV around the world. NIH will undertake the largest single public investment in AIDS research in the world by supporting a program that will include:

Supporting New Initiatives To Address The HIV/AIDS Epidemic. At today's event, the President also:

Building On A Record Of Commitment And Achievement In the Fight Against HIV/AIDS. Today's announcements build on a deep and ongoing commitment by the Clinton Administration to respond to the AIDS crisis in the United States and around the world. This year alone, the President:

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