Mozambique expects concrete actions on AIDS

New York- US (PANA) -- Mozambican Health Minister Francisco Songane has said that he expects concrete actions from the just ended special session of the UN General Assembly on HIV/AIDS.
The country's news agency (AIM) quoted Sangane as saying the meeting was a great victory, adding that Mozambique expects the decisions taken there to be translated into concrete actions instead of leading to yet more meetings.
Commenting on the results of the meeting, Songane stressed that the most important achievement was the awareness of government leaders across the world.
What is needed now, he added, is for rich countries to contribute to the Global Fund for the Struggle Against HIV/AIDS, proposed by UN secretary general Kofi Annan, and help the poorest countries face this problem.
"Africa alone will need at least three, perhaps even ten, billion US dollars to face this problem, with particular emphasis on prevention and awareness programmes, not to mention therapeutic treatment with anti-retroviral drugs, which is a secondary aspect," said Songane.
He said that emphasis should be placed on adolescents, in order to prevent infection and ensure that the next generation grows up healthy.
Songane said that the scenario in Mozambique is that most people dying of AIDS are under 40, and between 65 and 70 percent of new infections are among people aged under 30.
The Health Ministry estimates that more than 1.
6 million Mozambicans may die of AIDS during the next ten years, and that there are currently about 1.
3 million people living with HIV, which causes the incurable AIDS.
The same estimates put the rate of daily infections at between 500 and 700, with about 100,000 dying every year.

29 june 2001 08:00:00




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