Today President Clinton traveled to Mozambique to visit a health care facility supported by the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and the FEIMA craft market in Maputo. View a gallery of the visits.
The FEIMA craft market in Maputo displays the work of local artisans and is operated by CEDARTE (Centre of Studies and Crafts Development), a nongovernmental organization that exports small quantities of local handicrafts from different artists. The market is an example of the success of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which President Clinton signed into law in 2000, allowing for deeper trade and investment ties between Africa and the United States. Whitney Schneidman, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in hte Clinton administration, writes on our blog about how AGOA continues to be the cornerstone of U.S.-African relations.
President Clinton also visited the Polana Canhico Health Facility in Maputo, a facility that is supported through CHAI's programs. CHAI has helped Mozambique become one of the first countries to implement several HIV diagnostic technologies, including point-of-care devices which increase access to HIV testing and SMS printers which provide faster HIV test results for patients. Chris Ruddy accompanied President Clinton to the Polana Canhico Health Facility and writes on our blog about how public-private partnerships have benefitted health care in Mozambique.