France offers Mauritania 600,000 euros to fight HIV/AIDS

Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - France, through the Red Cross, has decided to support the fight against HIV/AIDS in Mauritania with 600,000 euros, a communiqué of the French Embassy here, received Friday by PANA announced.

This money will serve in the framework "of the nutritional support and the assistance to screened patients."

Some 3,300 individuals infected with HIV/AIDS have been screened and are currently receiving treatment in the country, according to official figures provided by the Ministry of Health in December 2010.

No fewer than 90 per cent of the cases of transmission of HIV/AIDS "occur through sexual intercourse, with an annual average of 50 new cases," according to the statistics.

Women represent 49.8 per cent of the cases.

For years, the taboo over HIV/AIDS disease in Mauritania has been progressively lifted, enabling screening and a better management of those infected.
-0- PANA SAS/TBM/IBA/MTD/BOS 25March2011

25 mars 2011 17:33:08

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