Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Funds earmarked for the fight against HIV/AIDS have dramatically decreased following the withdrawal of the World Bank in the campaign in June, PANA learnt from official sources in Bujumbura, the capital.
The World Bank’s withdrawal has also resulted in the shortage of anti-retroviral drugs (ARV) and reagents for screening and viral load, according to the Minister of public health, Sabine Ntakarutimana.
The minister that in view of the development, the Burundian government would take into account the shortfall in the national budget of 2012.
An estimated 250,000 people are currently living with HIV/AIDS in Burundi, including 60,000 who need ARV treatment.
Only 25,000 patients have easy access to antiretrovirals, according to statistics from the Department of Public Health.
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