July 19th, 2010
10:20 AM ET
13 years ago

Former President Clinton asks nations to keep funding AIDS programs

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/19/art.bclinton.0719r.gi.jpg caption ="Former President Bill Clinton urged fellow nations Monday not to give up on funding for AIDS programs."] (CNN) - With the promise of coming AIDS vaccines, former President Bill Clinton urged fellow nations Monday not to give up on funding to prevent a calamity.

Overall support for global AIDS efforts from donor nations flattened in the midst of last year's global economic crisis, according to a recent analysis of 2009 funding levels from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

Clinton spoke with CNN's Becky Anderson at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria.

"If we all do this, the consequences will be calamitous and you'll spend more money later," Clinton said, referring to reduced donations. "You'll start having large numbers of people dying again, you'll more political instability, more economic collapse, and it's going to cost us more money later. So it's not only going to be a humanitarian crisis, you'll pay now or pay later. So if it's at all, possible hang in there," Clinton said.

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  1. Get A Grip

    Take those millions you have Clinton and continue the Aids funding. And get folks like Pelosi, Winfrey, Reid, Gore, Dodd, Obama, Moore and the rest of those filthy Democrats to pitch in their money as well That and all the money these Hollyweids make should certainly give you more than enough to fund Aids.

    July 19, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Anonymous

    THANK YUO BILL! Many think this deciease has been stopped. Far drom it. Young Americans are having unprotected sex, contracting the desease and dying like so many before them did. And the worldwide crisis has never been slowed.

    July 19, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |