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ECOWAS AIDS plan targets armed forces
Monday 6 September 2004
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GHANA: ECOWAS AIDS plan targets armed forces

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JOHANNESBURG, 10 February (PLUSNEWS) - Governments from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are currently meeting in Ghana to draw up a detailed two-year plan to tackle HIV/AIDS in their armed forces.

Professor William Bertrand of the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) told the UN news service, PlusNews, that existing data on HIV/AIDS prevalence for the region's armed forces were not very accurate.

He said West African soldiers were particularly at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS because of their frequent participation in peacekeeping operations in the conflict-torn region.

Bertrand said: "Though it is very difficult to gather statistically sound evidence from war-zones, it is quite likely that more people will be killed by HIV/AIDS in these areas than bullets. It is therefore very incumbent on all of us to address this as one of the priority problems."



Recent GHANA Reports
Global Fund urges wider use of impregnated mosquito nets,  5/Aug/04
29,000 targetted for anti-retroviral therapy,  6/May/04
HIV infection rates rising in cities, survey shows,  11/Feb/04
ECOWAS governments tackle HIV/AIDS in their armed forces,  9/Feb/04
HIV/AIDS drugs to be ordered for hospitals,  4/Jul/03
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
Mothers and HIV/AIDS

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