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GUINEA-BISSAU: Country's first AIDS treatment centre opens in renovated hospital

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BISSAU, 19 December (PLUSNEWS) - Guinea-Bissau has opened its first treatment centre for people living with HIV/AIDS in a newly refurbished hospital, which will provide antiretroviral therapy free of charge.

It is is situated in the 116-bed Raoul Follerau hospital in the capital Bissau which reopened on Thursday after being completely destroyed during the 1998/99 civil war.

The hospital was renovated with the help of a US $5 million grant from the Santo Egidio Community, a Roman Catholic centre for the promotion of peace based in Rome.

Marco Impagliazzo, the president of the Santo Egidio Community, said at a ceremony to mark the reopening of the hospital that its HIV/AIDS treatment centre would distribute antiretroviral drugs free of charge to people living with the virus in Guinea-Bissau.

Impagliazzo said the hospital would also treat AIDS patients from other countries in the sub-region. Guinea-Bissau, a former Portuguese colony of 1.3 million people, is bounded to the north by Senegal and to the south and east by Guinea-Conakry.

According to the latest available estimates from UNAIDS, there were 17,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Guinea-Bissau at the end of 2001. About 1,200 people in the country died as a result of AIDS-related illnesses that year.


Recent GUINEA-BISSAU Reports
First ARVs arrive, but no-one trained to prescribe them,  18/Jan/05
Brazil to sponsor first ARV treatment programme,  3/Dec/04
Government launches first big push against AIDS,  27/Jul/04
Prime Minister to chair committee on HIV/AIDS,  5/Nov/03
· 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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