UNAIDS commends DRC for fight against AIDS

Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AI DS, has commended the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) "for h aving made progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, " Dr.
Peter Piot, UNAIDS Exec u tive Director, said Sunday at the end of a meeting with President Joseph Kabila.
The head of UNAIDS, who ended a five-day visit 26-30 November to Kinshasa, said that to date, over 30,000 people were currently under antiretroviral treatment i n DRC through the action of the government, NGOs and the international community "while 5 years ag o, the situation was nil.
" According to statistics of the National Multisectoral fight against HIV/AIDS (NM PFA-public), alone, the DRC accounts for more than one million people living wit h HIV/AIDS and 10% only 200,000 of the patients in need received treatment each y e ar.
More than 130,000 cases of deaths from Aids are recorded each year, leaving 900, 000 orphans for the same period.
The same source said that women remained the most affected because of wars, sexu al violence, illiteracy, customs, and only 1% of pregnant women benefited from p r evention against transmission of AIDS from mother to child.
Despite the black picture of the situation, the Congolese government carried out special preventive actions with the involvement of both national and internatio n al partners.
It also enacted a law to protect the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH A).
The government also assisted in organizing the coordinated prevention campaign, while a HIV module was introduced into the demobilization, disarmament and reint e gration programme of fighting troops.
As for UNAIDS, it contributed in the national campaign to fight against the dise ase by planning and implementing control strategies.
In Kinshasa, apart from the official programme of events launched Monday afterno on at the place of Kinshasa central station to mark the International World Aids Day, the UN Mission in Congo (MONUC), will Tuesday organise various events, including awaren ess messages to sensitize the people against Aids.
MONUC held an HIV/AIDS office established in 2002 to implement a comprehensive s trategy to prevent civilian and military staff against the pandemic.

01 december 2008 17:14:00

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