Two Congos partner against HIV/AIDS

Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- HIV/AIDS control associations from Congo and the Dem ocratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Thursday agreed to join their efforts to fight t h e pandemic, a source close to the Congolese health ministry said here Friday.
A twinning agreement was signed between the Association of Young HIV-Positive Pe rsons in Congo (AJPC), the Association of Women Plus in Congo (AFPC), Women Plus (FP) and Jardin d'espérance pour les enfants (JADE, garden of hope for children) in the DRC.
"This first such initiative foresses a new era and is expected to succeed in ord er to help others in the sub-region learn from it in the benefit of our populati o ns," Femme plus (Women plus) National Dircetor Bernadette Mulelebwe said.
The partnership between the four associations will help strengthen the promotion of the HIV screening on both banks of the River Congo; provide a better quality of services; conduct a joint advocacy with the decision-makers, international an d local partners, according to the agreement.
Brazzaville Prefect, Gen.
Benoît Moundélé-Ngollo, also chairman of the Departmen t AIDS Control Unit (UDLS), welcomed the initiative and urged the various partne r NGOs to pursue and extend the action.
According to the chairperson of the National Network of Associations of HIV-posi tive persons in Congo (RENAPC), Valérie Maba, the idea to work together stemmed f rom the notice that the two countries were facing the same problems: the high an d uncontrolled migration rate between the two banks of the River Congo.

16 january 2009 14:20:00

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