UNICEF to include AIDS prevention activities in its projects

Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has decided to strengthen its co-operation programme with Benin within the next two years.
UNICEF resident representative in Benin, Esther Guluma, told a meeting in Cotonou Thursday that between 2001 and 2003, the organisation would systematically integrate HIV/AIDS control activities into all its projects.
Guluma said that the recommendation was made at the last annual meeting of UNICEF health administrators in the West and Central African region.
An analysis of the epidemiological situation made by the National Aids Control Programme (PNLS) showed that the problem of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases had become acute in Benin.
Benin has 40,967 AIDS patients, including 16,071 children.
The country's first AIDS case was discovered in 1985 and the number of deaths caused by the pandemic is estimated at 37,254.

06 july 2001 14:37:00

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