CHAI Launches the Global Pediatric Program
The CHAI organization, under the leadership of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, has been directly responsible for reducing the number of children who were infected with the HIV/AIDS virus from their mother during birth. Since 2005, the Clinton Health Access Initiative has made significant progress in developing and sustaining an effective pediatric AIDS organization aimed at preventing the transmission of HIV/AIDS from mother to child and providing cost-effective medicines to those children already inflicted with the deadly virus. The Global Pediatric Program was the company’s response to an alarming gap in medical coverage in second and third-world countries.
Negotiating for Affordable Medicines
CHAI recognized that a crucial step in confronting the staggering rate of HIV/AIDS transmission from infected mother to unborn child was the acquisition of affordable prescription drugs. The company has successfully negotiated with leading pharmaceutical companies to reduce the cost of these life-saving drugs while encouraging researchers to design medications that are focused on treating children. At the start of CHAI’s pediatric AIDS organization only 1 in 40 children with HIV/AIDS was receiving treatment for their symptoms. The total number of children who were receiving specialized medication for AIDS in the 34 countries that CHAI works in multiplied exponentially from 10,000 in 2005, to a whopping 840,000 by the close of 2011.
The Role of Modern Medical Training
Once health officials were equipped to treat the existing cases, CHAI directors recognized that the next step was to stem the transmission of the deadly autoimmune virus from mother to newborn. The Clinton Health Access Initiative’s pediatric AIDS organization was able to make considerable progress in this respect through the founding of specialized prenatal facilities and birthing centers that are staffed by qualified medical personnel. The nurses and doctors are specially trained in the prevention of disease transmission and play a pivotal role in reducing the number of infantile HIV/AIDS cases reported each year in low and middle income countries.