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COTE D IVOIRE: Civil strife an obstacle to AIDS treatment - Govt

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JOHANNESBURG, 4 October (PLUSNEWS) - Ongoing conflict and a lack of funds are hampering efforts to roll out anti-AIDS treatment to HIV-positive people in parts of the Ivory Coast, government officials have said.

According to Health Minister Albert Mabri Toikeusse, since rebels seized control of the northern half of the country in September 2002, most of the health and social infrastructure there had been destroyed.

Agence France-Presse quoted him as saying, "The crisis has affected the fight against AIDS. Since the rebellion three years ago split the country into two rival zones, most foreign donors have suspended or halted funding."

Toikeusse noted that an estimated seven percent of adult Ivorians aged between 15 and 49 were living with the HI virus.



Recent COTE D IVOIRE Reports
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US gives $42 million to help fight against AIDS,  16/Jun/05
MSF launches AIDS treatment programme in conflict hotspots,  15/Jun/05
Muslims seek to break down prejudice by speaking out on HIV/AIDS,  17/May/05
The positive results of disclosure,  10/May/05
· AIDS Media Center
· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

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