A group of HIV-positive children gave a warm welcome to former US President Bill Clinton as he toured a Hanoi orphanage supported by his charitable foundation on Friday.
Clinton visited the Social Labor, Education and Treatment Center No.2 in Ba Vi District at 4 p.m. after arriving on the same day. Around 70 children greeted him with a flashmob dance which Clinton reportedly enjoyed and asked them to do a second time, news website VnExpress reported.
A little girl handed him a painting of two doves embracing mid-flight. The drawing was prepared, the girl said, to express their wish for peace.
The visit was part of Clinton’s plan to check on the local development of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which was started in 2002 to address the HIV/AIDS crisis and strengthen health systems in developing countries.
The program aims to prevent children living with HIV in Vietnam from developing tuberculosis.
His non-profit Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation has helped provide early treatment for 1,200 babies born from HIV-infected mothers in Vietnam since its launch in 2007.
Clinton left Hanoi, shortly after the visit and traveled on to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and finally Australia, where he is set to deliver remarks at the 20th International AIDS Conference from July 20-25 in Melbourne.
This was his fourth visit to Vietnam.