The citizens of Guyana today celebrated the 42nd anniversary of the founding of their Republic.
U.S. policy toward the Cooperative Republic of Guyana seeks to develop robust, sustainable democratic institutions, laws, and political practices; support economic growth and development; and promote stability and security, according to Wikipedia.
US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking in Washington, DC, extended the congratulations of President Obama and the people of the United States, to the people of Guyana on their National Day.
She says the United States values Guyana’s partnership and cooperation on many issues that are of mutual interest to our countries.
Both countries are promoting democracy and respect for human rights, supporting new initiatives that are improving the health of the Guyanese people.
She stresses that through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, both countries are enhancing the security and prosperity of the region.
“As you celebrate this special day and come together for festivities around the country, know that the United States stands with you as a partner and a friend. Best wishes for a year of peace, happiness, and prosperity.” -Ms. Clinton
On September 2010, President Obama’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to make safe pediatric HIV medications available faster in Guyana advanced the country’s drug registration process. Through the Pre-approval Access for HIV/AIDS Therapies (PaATH) mechanism, the Government of Guyana will grant provisional approval to pediatric HIV medicines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In Guyana, an estimated 18,000 people are living with HIV, and approximately six percent of these HIV infections are in children.