Guinea's fight against HIV/AIDS 'insufficient'

Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – An international organisation for medical aid, Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF), says 40 per cent of HIV/AIDS patients in Guinea do not have access to medical care.

MSF representative in Guinea, Dr Corine Benazech, on Friday told PANA in an interview that more remained to be done despite the political will expressed and efforts made to fight against HIV/AIDS in Guinea, with a prevalence rate of 1.5%.

The MSF boss in Guinea is giving medical care to 6,000 patients, particularly in Conakry and Guéckédou in the South.

She said the 16,000 patients, who did not have access to medical care, had been listed in a national survey carried out last year.

Dr Benazech said that only one child out of six had access to treatment and the situation among pregnant women was not satisfactory, as more than half of them did not have access to mother-child transmission prevention programmes.

"Equipments and other devices used for primary biological analysis, particularly CD4 counting, which measures the efficiency of the defensive system for patients’ bodies and to evaluate the viral charge within patients are insufficient," she said.

She said despite those shortages, the national financing for the pandemic rose from 2.66% in 2010 to 4.24% last year.

The national report made last year on the response to AIDS says that the main stakeholders who finance medical care for patients under treatment are the government (54%) and MSF (28%).
-0- PANA AC/TBM/MSA/MA 28Dec2012

28 december 2012 22:28:57




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