Congo: Congo, US discuss projects financed by World Fund for AIDS

Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The US and Congo on Wednesday in Brazzaville reviewed the conditions for the implementation of the projects financed by the World Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, according to official sources.

The discussions were held between the US Deputy Secretary of State for Health, Mitchell I. Wolfe, and the Congolese minister of Health and Population, François Ibovi.

The sources said the two parties also discussed the 2014-2015 co-financing debts to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).

At the bilateral level, they set the basis for the exploration of new cooperation lines and collaboration between the two governments, particularly in the sector of health, to strengthen the Congolese health system and programmes.

"We held high-level and profitable talks. Among other issues, we discussed the existing partnership that needs to be strengthened so that it benefits the whole Congolese population," said Wolfe.

"We have already collaborated with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and the World Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Therefore, it is important to say that the existing cooperation operates well," said Wolfe, who was accompanied by the US ambassador in Congo, Ms Stephanie Sullivan.

Mr Ibovi informed the American side about the efforts made by the Congolese government aimed at achieving the conditions set by GAVI in a bid to release the funds for the project R9 HIV/AIDS component, which has been suspended.

He reassured the US that the situation was being resolved as it was about guaranteeing the availability of vaccines for the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI).
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02 september 2015 21:43:26

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