Mali, Burkina Faso collaborate against HIV/AIDS

Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Health and Social Services Commission of the Parliamen t of the Economic Community of West African States (CEDEAO) recently organised a public awareness campaign on HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in the zone of Hérémokono - Koloko at the border between Mali and Burkina Faso, official sources told PANA h e re.
The campaign was held with the opening of the workshop on planning of a trans-bo rder programme of fighting against HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis for the armed force s and security agents as well as lorry drivers.
According to the president of the commission, Malian Yaya Sangaré, the objective of the gathering in a border zone was a product of the will of the two countrie s to decide the manner of fighting against HIVAIDS.
Currently, more than 34 million people live with the pandemic throughout the wor ld, including two-thirds in African countries in the south of the Sahara and mor e than 6 million in the West African sub-region.
Sangaré indicated that less than 10 per cent of the 6 million patients had acces s to the therapy of anti-retrovirals (ARV) and that the reaction of the communit y did not seem to level with the challenge until now.

01 september 2008 19:59:00

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