Former US President Bill Clinton said cheap anti-AIDS drugs were not the magic bullet for ending the epidemic ravaging African countries, and that much more attention should be paid to overall health care infrastructure.
"The availability of the medicine at affordable prices will soon be not much of an issue anywhere," Clinton said Saturday during a one-day visit to Zambia. On Sunday, he was flying to Tanzania, after earlier this week visiting South Africa and Malawi.
"How cruel it would be if people continue to die because of inadequate health care facilities in rural areas," he said as he toured a new drug distribution warehouse in Lusaka financed by his foundation.
Since leaving office in 2001, Clinton has used his prestige and contacts to negotiate lower prices on AIDS drugs for poor countries in Africa and Asia, helping to save tens of thousands of lives. But the fight against the killer disease is still hampered by overstretched facilities, stigma and an acute lack of skilled staff.