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President Clinton to Make His 11th Trip to Africa

Watch President Clinton discuss the priorities for his trip, what he has learned during his years of work, and how the Clinton Foundation is making a difference. Watch the video »

Stories from Africa: Jean-Pierre

Jean-Pierre is a teenage boy living with HIV in Rwinkwavu, Rwanda. He is alive and well today due to antiretroviral medicines made accessible to him through the Clinton Foundation’s drug pricing agreements. View more »

Sustainable Development

The Clinton Foundation is helping farmers develop their own agricultural products and businesses to improve their livelihoods and feed their families. Learn more »

  • We’re helping farmers develop their own agriculture projects and businesses to improve their livelihoods and feed their families.

  • By partnering with governments and pharmaceutical companies, we’ve lowered the cost of the most effective HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis drugs.

  • We’re working with national governments, cities, and communities to reduce carbon emissions, protect forests, and develop clean energy.

  • President Clinton inspires world leaders to make commitments to improve the health, education, environment, and economy of Africa.

Education & Peace 1998

President Clinton makes his first visit to Africa – the longest, most extensive trip made to the continent by an American President. During his trip, he visited Ghana, Uganda, Senegal, Rwanda, Botswana, and South Africa, and launched a number of initiatives aimed at education, economic empowerment, and peace and reconciliation.

Cooperation 1999

The Clinton Administration hosts the largest meeting ever held among African Ministers and American Cabinet members. Cabinet level ministers from 50 countries participated with their American counterparts, launching a new spirit and agenda for cooperation in United States-Africa relations.

Vaccine Initiative 2000

President Clinton launches the Millennium Vaccine Initiative to fund the development of vaccines for AIDS, TB, malaria, and other major diseases that are taking their toll on the African continent.

Economic Development 2000

President Clinton signs the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which dropped all quotas and tariffs on 6,500 products shipped to the United States from 35 African countries. AGOA introduced trade as an important element of economic development and helped to forge a bipartisan consensus in Congress that we have an interest in investing in the prosperity of Africa.

Tanzania & Nigeria 2000

President Clinton visits Tanzania and Nigeria, making him the first U.S. president to visit Africa more than once while in office.

Summit on HIV/AIDS 2001

President Clinton takes his first trip to Africa post-presidency. He again visited South Africa and Nigeria, where he attended the African Summit on HIV/AIDS with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and visited a Keffi market where he saw how rural farmers sold their farm produce.

CHAI’s Inception 2002

While delivering keynote remarks along with Nelson Mandela at the 2002 International AIDS Conference, President Clinton is asked by a prime minister from the Bahamas to help fix the HIV/AIDS aids crisis unfolding in the Caribbean. At Mandela’s urging, President Clinton agreed, marking the beginning of the Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative now known as the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI).

Democracy Fellow 2002

President Clinton travels to Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Mozambique, and South Africa. In Rwanda, he met with patients of an AIDS clinic his Foundation planned to support. In South Africa, he met the first class of Clinton Democracy Fellows – 11 young South African men and women who just returned from a three-month stay in the United States.

ARV Prices Cut 2003

CHAI announces its first rounds of price reductions on lifesaving antiretroviral (ARV) medicines. Through negotiations with drug manufacturers and governments in the developing world, CHAI had reduced the prices of common first-line medicines by 50 percent.

Nelson Mandela 2003

In keeping with his yearly tradition, President Clinton visits Nelson Mandela in South Africa on Madiba’s birthday.

Test Price Reduction 2004

CHAI announces another price reduction – this time on lab tests for people in Africa and the Caribbean. Agreements with the world’s five largest leading medical companies reduced costs of HIV/AIDS lab tests by 80 percent.

Africa Visit 2005

President Clinton makes another visit to Africa, spanning Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, and Tanzania.

City Year Launch 2005

President Clinton and Nelson Mandela launch the inaugural chapter of City Year South Africa in Johannesburg, an organization of young people dedicated to mentoring children and serving their communities. Since 2005, City Year South Africa has graduated more than 470 young people.

CGI Annual Meeting 2005

President Clinton hosts the first Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, which convenes heads of state, business executives, leaders of nonprofits, and philanthropists to develop Commitments to Action to solve urgent problems that affect Africa and our interconnected world.

CHDI Launch 2006

President Clinton returns to Africa to announce the launch of the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative (CHDI), a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and the Hunter Foundation, to improve the livelihoods of farmers in Malawi and Rwanda. He also makes stops in Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria, and South Africa.

Assisting Farmers 2006

The Clinton Hunter Development Initiative negotiates the largest purchase of fertilizer in Rwandan history, saving the government 10-20 percent. This pricing benefit is passed on to smallholder farmers, who are able to access essential farming inputs at affordable prices, improving their crops and their livelihoods.

Combating Malaria 2007

President Clinton makes another visit to Africa to check in on the progress of programs on the ground and meet with people benefitting from the work of the Foundation. In Tanzania, he announces the expansion of the Foundation’s HIV/AIDS work to lower the prices on effective malaria treatments, the number one killer of African children.

Public Transportation 2007

CCI begins work on improving energy-efficient bus rapid transportation in Johannesburg, South Africa. The completed project is expected to serve 434,000 passengers per day and reduce CO2e emissions by 1.3 million tons by 2020.

Supporting Business 2008

Coffee produced by Rwandan farmers, supported by CHDI, reaches supermarkets in the United Kingdom. Through the development of the business, CHDI helped 6,500 coffee farmers increase their production by 20 percent and their sales by more than 30 percent.

Solar Village 2008

On his annual visit, President Clinton tours the first solar village developed in Ethiopia as a result of a commitment made by a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and he meets with a young boy named Jean-Pierre who receives HIV/AIDS medicines supported by CHAI. The trip culminates with a keynote address at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City.

Building a Hospital 2009

CHDI and Partners In Health complete construction of the Ethel Mutharika Maternity Hospital at Kamuzu Central Hospital in the Lisungwi area, marking a major step forward in helping Malawi reduce its rate of maternal mortality – the highest in the world.

Recognizing Leadership 2009

At the Clinton Global Initiative Fifth Annual Meeting, President Clinton honors Rwandan President Paul Kagame with the Clinton Global Citizen Award, in recognition of his leadership to create visionary policies, innovative programs, and strong international partnerships to support the development of the new Rwanda.

Treating HIV/AIDS 2010

CHAI announces that 2.6 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS are receiving medicines at CHAI’s reduced pricing.

Enduring Commitment 2010

President Clinton takes his 11th trip to Africa, returning to many of the countries that have left an indelible mark on his life and where he’s been able to make an impact in return.

Latest News from Africa

  • The Malawi Anchor Farm Business Development Project
    posted 2010-06-25 by Austin Ngwira

    Malawi is fondly known as the Warm Heart of Africa, symbolized by its ever-smiling people. But traversing the countryside, where the majority stay, one cannot miss ravaged vegetation, ever declining soil fertility, gaps in agronomic best practices especially for non-traditional crops like soya beans and sunflower, inefficiencies in the market and value chains, and few effective farmer organizations. The Clinton Hunter Development Initiative (CHDI) looked at these challenges and turned them into targets of opportunity by carving out the an "anchor farm" business development model. This project supports the government of Malawi's ambitious program, Recently, the African Green Revolution. Read more »

  • Expert Clients Make the Difference in CHAI's Pediatric HIV/AIDS Program
    posted 2010-06-25 by Ewa Skowronska

    Stigma, discrimination, and lack of knowledge on HIV/AIDS are all major challenges facing the success of HIV/AIDS treatment and the prevention of mother-to-child transmission in developing countries, including Malawi. To increase the rates of patient follow up, teach communities about mother-to-child transmission, and to encourage testing for more children, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) uses a peer-to-peer education approach in Malawi through its Expert Client Initiative. Read more »

  • Rice University is Committed to Improving Global Health Technologies
    posted 2010-06-25 by Lauren Vestewig

    Since we established Rice 360°, Rice University's Institute for Global Health Technologies, in 2007 as a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action, we have visited many hospitals and clinics across the developing world. Read more »

  • Changing Livelihoods and Ecosystems in Malawi
    posted 2010-06-25 by Commodius Nyirenda

    The outside world is fully aware that climate change is largely responsible for the suffering of these poor Malawian farmers amongst many others elsewhere. Many initiatives are in place by many players that aim at addressing the problem of climate change through mitigation and adaptation strategies. Read more »

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