US gives Burundi US$ 15.7 million to fight HIV/AIDS

Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The US will give Burundi additional US$ 3.5 million this year to enable the African country continue its fight against HIV/AIDS and mother-to-child transmission of the disease, diplomatic sources said in Bujumbura, the Burundi capital.

The figure will bring to US$ 15.7 million the total amount the US had made available to Burundi to fight the scourge.

The US embassy here said in a press release, made available to PANA on Friday, that the US had quietly aided Burundi since 2007 in the fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria and the improvement of maternal and child health in Burundi.

The assistance, the embassy said, included the supply of drugs, laboratory materials, training of medical personnel and the population and the sensitization of the people on how to prevent the disease.

It said that 115,658 women have benefited from free medical tests during pre-natal period, adding that 97,408 others have been screened for HIV/AIDS which remains one of the highest  killers on persons in Burundi.

According to official statistics, the national sero-prevalence rate of the disease is estimated at 4.2% within the 15-49 years years bracket.
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01 march 2013 22:19:16




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