World Bank grants Burundi US$ 15 million to fight AIDS

Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The World Bank will grant US$ 15 million to the gove rnment of Burundi within the framework of the implementation of the second multi s ector project of fight against HIV/AIDS over the next three years, PANA learnt f r om official sources here.
Preventive actions against the pandemia will be intensified with this invaluable windfall from the World Bank, stated the permanent executive secretary of the N a tional Council of Fight Against HIV/AIDS (CNLS), Dr.
Jean Rirangira, during the l aunching of the project.
A particular stress will also be put on the prevention of the transmission by se xual intercourse through awareness campaign of the high-risk populations, Rirang i ra said, adding that the prevention of the transmission from the mother to the c h ild would also be given priority.
Voluntary screening and the consequent equipment of the health centres in charge of the screening are as many other priorities that the government intends to pr o pose in the second multisector project of fight against the blight.
The training of medical staffs and the medical and psychosocial protection of th e patients also have to be intensified in the national strategic planning of the fight against HIV/AIDS of the next three years, he stressed.
The second vice-president of the republic of Burundi, in charge of economic and social matters, Gabriel Ntisezerana, recommended to the field players "only one p lan of national action, only one coordination body and only one follow-up and ev a luation plan" for better facing the HIV/AIDS which has placed citizens at the 16th position of African pe ople most threatened by the blight.
It is estimated that more than 220,000 people are living with the HIV/AIDS in Bu rundi, which is a total rate of prevalence of about 4 per cent among the adults.
The HIV positive people per category of sex would be about 2.
6 per cent among th e men and 3.
8 per cent among women, according to the sources.
In urban environment, the prevalence rate would be about 9.
4 per cent compared t o 10.
5 per cent in urban semi zones and 2.
5 per cent in the rural world.

10 february 2009 19:11:00

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