Congo sets up national fund for HIV/AIDS

Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Participants at the third ordinary session of the national committee for HIV/AIDS in Congo has decided to set up a national fund for HIV/AIDS, according to the final statement from the meeting held on Thursday in the capital Brazzaville.

However, the modalities of the setting of the fund have not been spelled out.

Participants also recommended that the current financing, the absorption of the financing gap by the government budget and the continuation of appeals to technical and financial partners for help should be maintained.

The intensification of information, education and communication activities, as well as the setting of the units for AIDS in the ministries that do not yet have these units should also be maintained.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Congolese minister of Health and Population, François Ibovi, said Congo had a national prevalence rate of 3.2%, for a population of about four million inhabitants.

“The number of people affected by HIV/AIDS in Congo is estimated at 83,000 including 38,000 waiting for medical care, while 16,310 are presently on anti-retroviral (ARV),” he said.

A survey carried out last year by the Committee says that the prevalence rate is higher in risk groups, such as sex professionals (7.5%) and prisoners (8.3%).

The investigation also says that twice as many women than men are affected.
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27 december 2012 22:04:47




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