HIV infection rate up in camps of displaced persons

Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Concentration of displaced persons in camps and promiscuity are blamed for the increasing rate of HIV infection in Burundi's population.
The director of Burundi's national Aids and sexually transmitted infections control programme, Dr Joseph Wakana said Monday that camps of displaced persons have become new centres of high infection rates in the countryside.
Over 600,000 people said to be displaced by the ongoing war in Burundi have been confined in government security camps.
Official figures showed that Burundi had at least 230,000 children orphaned by Aids last year.
Wakana said Aids has become the leading cause of mortality among children and adults in the country.
In a bid to contain the pandemic, the World Bank has extended a 50 million dollar loan to the government of Burundi.
Government funding for the Aids control programme had never exceeded 100,000 dollars a year.

18 june 2001 22:47:00

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