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Through Partnerships, ‘Incredible Strides’ Can Be Made Against Health, Development Challenges

“Over last week, I traveled across Southeast Asia, delivering clean water as part of Procter & Gamble’s Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) commitment in Myanmar, attending the Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur and ending my trip in Cambodia, where I saw how the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is working with the government to fight HIV/AIDS and improve health care delivery at the national level through better supply chain management and at the local level in different hospital and clinic settings,” Chelsea Clinton, board member of the William J. Clinton Foundation, writes in the Huffington Post’s “The Big Push” blog. She provides details of her trip, noting, “While I was in Myanmar, P&G announced a new partnership with USAID to improve maternal and child health in Myanmar and provide 200 million more liters of clean drinking water over the next two years, furthering its CGI commitment.”

“It is these types of innovations and partnerships that will continue to save millions of lives and fundamentally change health care in developing countries,” Clinton writes. For example, “Cambodia is uniquely placed to be one of the first countries to eliminate new pediatric HIV infections, and through collaborative partnerships, I have no doubt Cambodia will be able to reach its goal,” she writes. Clinton discusses one such partnership and outlines three ultimate goals of Cambodia Strategy 3.0. She concludes, “From reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS to providing clean drinking water to rural communities, these programs are examples of how, when corporations, [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)], governments, and people work together, incredible strides can be made to challenges that were once thought intractable” (6/3).