People Living with HIV/AIDS protest in Nouakchott

Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Some 50 People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) on W ednesday staged a sit-in at the World Bank office in Nouakchott to protest again s t the bank's decision to stop the financing of an HIV/AIDS project in Mauritania .
The community of HIV/AIDS infected people sent a letter to the Institute's representatives in which they called for the continuation of the funding as part of the program.
Fatimata Fall, a nurse living with HIV, said the World Bank project had made pos itive gains medically and psychosocially, as patients had regained hope and star t ed enjoying life again as they stopped being stigmatized.
In 2004, HIV patients were afraid to reveal their status and this prevented them from benefiting from any treatment whatsoever.
Some 2,700 people are today benefiting from the World Bank funding and â?stoppi ng it would mean signing the death sentence of its beneficiaries", Fall said.
She added that following misappropriation of funds in the management of the prog ramme financed by the World Fund, the former national coordinator, Dr.
Abdoullah Ould Horma Ould Babana, and a female collaborator, Mrs.
Salimata Sow, have been i mprisoned as a precaution for "breach of trust, forgery and use of false documen t s and corruption".

14 october 2009 21:45:00

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