Gabonese women involved in fight against AIDS

Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Women leaders in various sectors will work with the Gabonese ministry in charge of AIDS control to help lower HIV prevalence in the country, where the current average is 5.
9 per cent, an official source told PANA on Tuesday.
The commitment by Gabonese women leaders is in answer to the call made by Angelique Ngoma, the minister in charge of AIDS control, on World AIDS Day on 2 December.
"The government is continually intensifying the response through prevention, social marketing for the use of condoms and availability of Antiretrovirals (ARVs) across the country, in order to reduce new infections and alleviate the plight of infected people," Ngoma had said on 2 December, calling on women, especially politicians, to "fully play their part in this fight against the scourge of the century through raising awareness and advocacy for the mobilisation of national resources to finance the fight against the pandemic.
" According to UNAIDS in Gabon, HIV infection is a real threat to population and socioeconomic growth in the country.
With a prevalence rate of 5.
9 percent, some 54,000 people are living with HIV in Gabon.
Even more worrying is the fact that the most affected age groups are those aged between 15 and 49 years.
Since the celebration of World AIDS Day in Gabon, various awareness efforts have taken place across the country, with the hope of reversing the trend in the next few years.

23 december 2008 10:30:00




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