Internet AIDS database launched

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Nairobi-based organisation, ATCnet, has launched an Internet database on the African health and HIV/AIDS crisis.
ATCnet's aim is to consolidate information about organisations and individuals involved in combating the crisis, which affects more than 25 million people in sub-Saharan Africa.
With this database, it will be possible to publicise the enormous amount of work that African organisations and individuals are doing in Africa to address the pandemic.
The Kenyan government is in the process of establishing 300 HIV/AIDS volunteer counselling and testing centres countrywide.
It is estimated that the pandemic is killing 700 people each day, while a similar number is getting infected with HIV, which leads to the incurable disease daily.
According to the chairperson of the Society of Women and AIDS in Kenya, Dr.
Elizabeth Ngugi, health and HIV/AIDS is a huge crisis in Africa and threatens everything.
She says modern information technology makes it possible for the first time to build a single database covering all African organisations and individuals doing work on the crisis and for the information to be easily accessible via the Internet anywhere there is Internet access.
According to the World Health Organisation, AIDS-related infections kill between 5,000 and 7,000 Africans each day while more than 12,000 get infected with HIV each day.
Millions of young people living with HIV/AIDS have nobody to take care of them because their parents and all the adults within their extended families have died of the incurable disease.
In most cases, the old people are left to take care of the children.
The new ATCnet database makes it possible to identify the successes in addressing the health and HIV/AIDS crisis.
The ATCnet database facilitates the mobilisation of money or other donations in kind for use by registered organisations doing work in Africa.
ATCnet's search engine will enable American philanthropists to select specific projects to support and ensure that the resources are used to improve the health environment in the continent and contain the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
The database will also help African organisations publicise their priority needs in a systematic way.
The database would also assist the global community help African organisations improve their productivity in the work by making it much easier to access critical resources.
It will provide a link between those with resources and the ones in need of them.
During the first few weeks, ATCnet will be putting registered organisations in the database for the purpose of registering thousands of the leading ones.

26 july 2001 18:00:00

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