May 1 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits Addis Ababa where he's impressed by gains made in Ethiopia's health sector. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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 working with Ethiopia to improve health facilities. "We are doing it together. You are doing the day to day hard work every single day," Kerry told the hospital staff. "We are trying to provide as much medical expertise and as much insight and knowledge as we can to help but this is really your program and it is about your future and I am so impressed by the way in which people in Ethiopia have grabbed on to this and you are making a difference everywhere," Kerry said. Kerry was expected to head to the Democratic Republic of Congo to meet with the country's president, Joseph Kabila, on Saturday and then visit oil-rich Angola to meet President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.