Burkina Faso sets up network AIDS sufferers

Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A national network composed essentially of persons living with HIV/AIDS, was Saturday set up in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso at the end of a forum advocating greater involvement of patients in the fight against HIV.
This network intends to be a framework for free exchange between sero-positive Burkinabes.
About a hundred participants from across Burkina Faso attended the forum that was organised by a group of HIV/AIDS patients in conjunction with the National Programme for the Eradication of AIDS and Sexually Transmissible Diseases.
The 12-16 June meeting highlighted stakes and perspectives in the involvement of afflicted persons in the fight against the pandemic.
The ensuing network is expected to ease the sufferings of more than 400,000 people living with the virus in Burkina Faso, including some 20,000 children, according to UNAIDS figures.
Its promoters say the network would also facilitate improvement of the care given HIV/AIDS patients through access to treatment, medication and consultations.

16 june 2001 19:49:00

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