Persons living with HIV demonstrate in Kinshasa

Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- About 500 persons living with HIV/AIDS on Tuesday demonstrated in Kinshasa, the Congolese capital, to demand easier the access to anti-retroviral drugs (ARV).
The Congolese Prime minister, Adolphe Muzito, who met the demonstrators, said he appreciated their concerns and pledged to work with a platform that brings toge t her civil society associations fighting HIV/AIDS for their demand.
The organisers of the demonstration, "Consortium plaidoyer VIH/RDC", asked the C ongolese government to honour its commitments made in Abuja, Nigeria, to devote 1 5% of the country's budget to the health sector.
According to official statistics, DR Congo, until December 2009, had more than 347,490 persons in need of ARV, but only 35,000 obtain the drugs.
The "Consortium plaidoyer VIH/RDC" brings together all civil society association s fighting AIDS.

19 january 2010 23:47:00

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