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Kerry praises public health progress in Ethiopia

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited a hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Thursday (May 1), on the first leg of an African tour to promote democracy and human rights. Kerry visited the Gandhi Memorial Hospital, a specialist center created to help in the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS. Ethiopia's HIV epidemic is centered in urban areas with a 60 percent reduction in new infections since the program was implemented in 2004. The U.S. donated some $2 billion to Ethiopia through the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), between 2004-2013. Ghandi Memorial Hospital, one of the recipients of this fund, has made significant progress in reducing the number of mother to child HIV transmissions. On average 25 children are born in the hospital daily which provides free drugs for HIV positive mothers to enable them to deliver HIV free children. Kerry said the U.S. was successfully wor

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