'World Bank satisfied with fight against AIDS in Congo'

Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Director of the Human Development Sector at the World Bank, Mrs. Ritva Reinikka, on Thursday expressed satisfaction with the implementation of strategies against HIV and AIDS in the Congo with funding from the Bank.

Mrs Reinikka said ​​this during her visit to the voluntary counselling testing centre of Bissita, located in Ba-Congo, a neighbourhood south of the Congolese capital, Brazzaville. The visit was for her to see how projects financed by the World Bank in the field of health and education were performing.

Along with the executive secretary of the National Council to Fight HIV and AIDS, Dr. Marie Francke Purhuence, she saw a number of tests performed in 2010 and the results of the voluntary counselling and testing campaign conducted with the mobile unit.

In 2010, the centre conducted 10,604 tests, which showed 615 positive results. The mobile screening unit sees 100 people a day.

"The prevalence rate is down compared to that of South Africa where I worked," noted Mrs Reinikka.

She also met with officials from the education sector of the Congo on cooperation between the World Bank and the Government on the quality of education in the country, issues of skills, employment and vocational training for young people.
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07 april 2011 22:31:27




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