Benin hosts headquarters of sub-regional AIDS programme

Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin is to host the Headquarters of the sub-regional programme on fight against spread of HIV/AIDS on the "Abidjan-Lagos Corridor," Public Health Minister, Celine Seigon Kandissounon, has announced.
Closing a workshop on HIV/AIDS transmission reduction programme in Cotonou Thursday, Kandisounon said Benin was ready to host the headquarters of the programme, whose funding should be entrusted to the ECOWAS Secretariat in Abuja, Nigeria.
The workshop organised by the World Bank, UNAIDS and USAID, brought together more then 60 community leaders, social workers and doctors, from the five countries on the Abidjan-Lagos migratory Corridor - Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, Nigeria and Togo.
The participants recommended a joint programme for the prevention and management of STIs/HIV among migrant populations and communities living in border areas, which are not sufficiently covered by national interventions.
The programme is part of the Multi-country AIDS Project under the international partnership against AIDS in Africa.
The five countries concerned are required to develop multi-sectoral programmes specifically targeting vulnerable groups, namely migrants, mobile and displaced populations, as well as communities living along the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor.
This is with emphasis on monitoring and evaluation, while strengthening socio-sanitary facilities along the Corridor.
The five countries are said to have average HIV/AIDS prevalence rate of between four and 12 percent, with migration level involving some 200 million people.

03 august 2001 15:05:00

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