Experts assess STD, AIDS in Central Africa

Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Some fifty experts are convening a workshop to examine the spread of sexually transmissible diseases (STD) and HIV/AIDS along the River Congo-Oubangui-Chari and to adopt means to combat them.
The experts from Congo, DR Congo, Central African Republic and Chad are expected to analyse the situation of HIV/AIDS in the four countries after receiving presentations by local partners.
Organised jointly by UNAIDS and the Congolese ministry of health, the meeting falls within the framework of international partnership and sub-regional co-operation signed 1998 in Libreville to fight STD and AIDS in Central Africa.
Meanwhile, the head of the West and Central Africa inter- state team, Dr Pierre Mpele disclosed that 70 percent of HIV/AIDS patients in the region died in 2000, leaving about 10 million orphans.
He, therefore, called for an urgent response for Africa since national responses have not been efficient.

06 june 2001 21:56:00

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