Senegal, Global Fund sign 50b CFAF pact on HIV/AIDS

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Director General of the Global Fund for the fight ag ainst HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, Michel Kazatchkine, and the Senegalese Minister of State of Economy and Finance, Abdoulaye Diop, Monday in Dakar signed a 50 billion CFAF pact.
The pact, which brings to 110 billion CFAF the total amount of the financial sup port for Senegal from the global agency in less than ten years, is to accelerate universal access to the HIV/AIDS prevention services, as well as reinforce care and suppor t across the country.
Diop said 40 billion CFAF out of the amount would be used for the fight again st HIV/AIDS, while the remaining 10 billion CFAF would be used for upgrading the country's health system.
He said Kazachtine's trip to Senegal was motivated by the results achieved by th e country in the fight against the three diseases.
The Minister said the support from the Global Fund had helped Senegal ''to reinf orce the achievements in prevention by maintaining at 0.
7 per cent the prevalenc e of HIV, and a drop by more than 50 per cent of the mortality related to malaria.
'' Kazachtine said that the latest pact represented "our determination to work toge ther for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in terms of health.

06 july 2010 11:54:00

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