Global Fund to provide US$62m in financial aid to Burundi (Correcting the source of funding in earlier story)

Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Burundi is to receive financial aid to the tune of US$62 million from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Executive Director of the UNAIDS, Mr. Michel Sidibé, has announced.

Mr. Sidibe, who made the announcement during his recent, three-day working visit to Burundi, said the funds would help Burundi to speed up the implementation of the national mother-child HIV/AIDS transmission programme for the next three years.

The UN official said the objective was to reach target of "zero new infection, zero death at birth and zero discrimination" by the year 2015.

Presently, six children are born with the AIDS virus every day, according to Mr Sidibé.

Burundi is one of 22 priority countries on the UNAIDS list and the UN official called for strict management of the money to maximise the chances to reach the goals by 2015.

Medical sources say the obstacles to the attainment of the three zeros - infection, death and discrimination - by 2015 in Burundi are essentially linked to the negative behaviour of men who do not accompany their wives for screening, shortage of sentinel screening and distribution sites for anti-retrovirals, shortage of drugs and stocks.
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13 may 2013 13:53:15




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