Election 2016

3 Big Achievements of the Clinton Foundation That the Right Wing Will Never Be Able to Smear

“We’re trying to do good things,” Bill Clinton said in response to recent criticism.

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Each and every day, we hear the right-wing noise machine shout about the Clinton Foundation. While it's true Hillary Clinton has to answer to some questions on past judgments, it's both disingenuous and cynical to disregard all the good the Clinton Foundation has done. 

Earlier Thursday, Bill Clinton lost it and finally chimed in. “We’re trying to do good things,” Clinton said in response to recent criticism. “If there’s something wrong with creating jobs and saving lives, I don’t know what it is. The people who gave the money knew exactly what they were doing. I have nothing to say about it except I’m really proud.”

The Clinton Foundation is a political football that will be tossed around from now until November. Trump, who has barely contributed to his own foundation and is potentially breaking FEC laws by giving $7.7 million in campaign contributions to his own companies and kids, will be screaming about the foundation on Twitter each and every day.

So let's take a look at all the good the foundation has done for poor people in Africa. Indeed, there are a quite a number of things the former president should be proud of. Here's a look at some of the more notable things the Clinton Foundation has done over the years.

1. Led the fight against AIDS.

The foundation's efforts in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS goes all the way back to 2002, with the inception of the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Pharma d-bag Martin Shkreli notwithstanding, the cost of anti-retroviral drugs 14 years ago was way more expensive than it is now. Some African nations were paying upwards of $1,000 for each AIDS patient. The idea behind the Clinton Health Access Initiative was to lower costs by instituting buying in bulk. 

Here's a graph showing the success of the program, via Georgetown.edu:

As the graph shows, greater access to anti-retrovirals significantly increased between the year 2002-2008. And in 2014, the World Health Organization reported that by the end of 2013, more than "11.7 million people were on antiretroviral therapy in low- and middle-income countries." Moreover, 9 million people have lower cost HIV/AIDS medication because of the Clinton Foundation.  

Perhaps the Clintons should've crushed these sub-Saharan African communities even further by building luxurious golf courses on their land.

2. Helped preserve the wild elephant population.

While the Trump sons senselessly kill wild animals for trophies, Chelsea and Hillary Clinton have been working to stop the practice of elephant poaching. The Guardian reports that Hillary and Chelsea first learned about the horrible practice of elephant poaching during a visit to Africa in 1997. Having such high-profile advocates like the Clintons has helped boost the fight against the illegal wildlife trade.  According to the Guardian, 95 African elephants are killed every day for their ivory, which is high demand in Asian countries to make trinkets. The Clintons have pledged $80 million to help stop illegal poaching, working with conservation groups to create new technology that helps protect elephants from poachers.   

3. Helping women and girls.

One major component of the Clinton Foundation was working in conjunction with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to ensure that women and young girls in developing countries have better access to healthcare. Through No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, Hillary vowed to bring down mortality and malnutrition rates. Women in the countries participating in the program are now living longer than ever. According to the NoCeilings report, women’s life expectancy at birth has risen from an average of 69 years in 1995 to 73 years in 2012.
 

 

Michael Hayne is a progressive comedian, writer and voice artist. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook or visit ImpressionsGuy.com

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