Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The National Council for fight against AIDS (CNLS) in Congo and the French Red Cross Thursday in Brazzaville officially launched activities in series 9 component of the Global Fund’s programme against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The two agencies are the beneficiaries of the project on "Strengthening HIV prevention among the most vulnerable youth and providing support for children living with HIV in the Republic of Congo", estimated at some FCFA 17.4 billion, or 26,577,278 euros.
The response of the Congo to the series 9 was approved by the Global Fund at a rate of FCFA 16.2 billion, or 24,702,541 euros for the public sector (CNLS) and FCFA 1,229,746,858 or 1.874737 euros for the community sector (French Red Cross).
The project is expected to increase comprehensive care for 100 per cent of children living with HIV, identify, monitor, evaluate and coordinate programmed interventions, and strengthen the psychological support for children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
The fund's resources should also facilitate counseling and AIDS screening for 267,520 people aged 15-49, as well as strengthen the counseling of affected children.
Also, with the funding, over 50 per cent of women will benefit from access to voluntary counseling and testing in mobile VCT centres and about 4,480 children living with HIV will have medical, psychological and nutritional treatment.
Funding from the Global Fund has allowed Congo to expand actions against HIV/AIDS and care for more patients in the departments of Bouenza the Pool (South), Les Plateaux (Center), Cuvette, Cuvette-Ouest and Likouala (north), which were not covered by a World Bank funded project.
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