Sex workers to attend workshop on AIDS control

Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Sex workers will be among participants of a three-day workshop on planning programmes to reduce HIV/AIDS transmission in the Abidjan-Lagos migration corridor.
The workshop, to be held from 30 July to 1 August in Cotonou, is organised by the World Bank, UNAIDS and USAID.
An official of Benin's National AIDS Control Programme said Thursday that the workshop will be attended by some 50 participants from Togo, Niger, Ghana, Nigeria and Benin.
It is aimed at building a consensus around the programme to reduce HIV-AIDS transmission in the corridor, and create a conducive environment to support actions in the countries concerned.
Participants of the workshop will be community facilitators, social assistants, community leaders, doctors, officials, border control officers, leaders of associations and NGOs as well as sex workers.
They will develop a regional strategic framework covering a period of three to five years, an action plan for the corridor, and the broad lines of mechanisms to be set up.
Although the epidemic is more rampant in southern Africa, a UNAIDS survey has shown that HIV/AIDS is present in high density countries of West Africa, where the prevalence rate is rising to alarming proportions.
In Cote d'Ivoire, HIV prevalence is between 10 and 13 percent and there are two million HIV-positive people in Nigeria, the most populous country in the sub-region.
In Benin and Ghana, the epidemic is gaining ground in rural areas where control efforts are being hampered by denial and low level of collective awareness.

26 july 2001 16:42:00

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