UNAIDS pledges US$62 million financial aid to Burundi

Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The executive director of the UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, on Wednesday pledged US$62 million to help Burundi speed up the implementation of the national mother-child HIV/AIDS transmission programme for the next three years.

The UN official, who began a three-day working visit to Burundi on Tuesday, said the objective was to reach target of "zero new infection, zero death at birth and zero discrimination" by the year 2015.

Presently, Burundi records six children born with the AIDS virus everyday, according to Mr Sidibé.

Burundi is one of 22 priority countries on the UNAIDS list and the UN official called for strict management of the money to maximize the chances to reach the goals by 2015.

Medical sources say the obstacles to the attainment of the three zeros - infection, death and discrimination - by 2015 in Burundi are essentially linked to the negative behaviour of men who do not accompany their wives for screening, shortage of sentinel screening and distribution sites for anti-retrovirals, shortage of drugs and stocks.

08 may 2013 21:17:42

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