Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- At least 140 million US dollars is needed to fight HIV/AIDS in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
UNDP notes in a document obtained by PANA on Thursday in Kinshasa that the partnership between the Global Fund, the Congolese health ministry and more particularly national AIDS control programmes and UNDP had been strengthened.
It said this collaboration, consolidated by the decisive role of sub-recipients (civil society, people living with HIV/AIDS, national and international Non-Governmental Organisations), had made it possible over the past two years in DRC to put 1,300 patients under antiretroviral treatment, distribute 56 million condoms and give preventive treatment to 3,200 pregnant women.
The board of directors of the Global Fund had approved phases II or III which calls for additional funding proposal of about 70 million US dollars based on the performance of programme results.
This funding will help put 13,000 extra people under treatment, that is 26,000 by the end of 2009, distribute 120 million condoms and screen 600,000 people.