Burundi needs US$ 159 million to fight AIDS

Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi will need US$159 million over the next five years to roll back the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the country, said the country's Publ i c Health Minister, Dr.
Emmanuel Gikoro.
Gikoro declared Saturday on the national radio station that a request sent to th e Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, was already agreed in principle.
The number of HIV-positive people in Burundi is estimated at 220,000, which is a national prevalence rate of four per cent among adults aged 15-49 years.
In late December 2007, about 10,000 patients were under antiretroviral (ARV) the rapy, out of 50.
000 people suffering from AIDS, who aspire for treatment, accord i ng to officials of the country's HIV/AIDS control programme.
Since last year, Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis has lim ited its assistance to Burundi, due to administrative mismanagement of means and national programmes to fight AIDS.
This measure brought about a shortage of ARV on which the AIDS victims depend.
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza considered the donors' refusal to assist h is country in the fight against AIDS as tantamount to a genocide.

25 october 2008 13:32:00




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