African mayors in AIDS control

Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- About 70 mayors from 17 African countries are holding a three-day workshop in Abidjan devoted to the search for affective measures to reduce the socio- economic impact of HIV/AIDS in their respective cities.
The meeting of the Alliance of African Mayors against AIDS which opened Wednesday will enable participants to exchange experiences in control strategies against the incurable disease.
According to the organisers, the mayors plan to promote and co-ordinate multi-sectorial methods of HIV prevention and care for people living with HIV/AIDS.
The mayors are also to discuss various strategies for mobilising the required human and financial resources for waging war against the pandemic.
Members of the alliance have organised several meetings and participated in several international conferences.
The alliance also publishes a newsletter.
It has also developed a programme, an AIDS control strategy and helped to establish national chapters in Tanzania, Cote d'Ivoire and Swaziland.
The Ivorian branch has not started its activities because of the socio-political crises that has prevailed since the 24 December 1999 military coup.
However, a representative of the minister in charge of AIDS control has directed that it should open offices and lines of credit in every Ivorian municipality to effectively combat the pandemic.

03 may 2001 13:25:00

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