Plans announced to reduce AIDS rates
Friday 9 July 2004
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NAMIBIA: Plans announced to reduce AIDS rates


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JOHANNESBURG, 15 April (PLUSNEWS) - The government of Namibia has unveiled its new national HIV/AIDS plan, focused primarily on reducing the incidence of infection to below epidemic proportions, a local newspaper, The Namibian, reported on Thursday.

According to the Ministry of Health, the Third Medium Term Plan aimed to reduce the current prevalence rate of 22 percent to just one percent over the next five years.

Health Minister Libertina Amathila said although recent research indicated that the epidemic might be starting to stabilise, a lot more still had to be done to stem the disease.

It was estimated that more than US $558 million would be needed to carry out the new plan, which will run from 2004 to 2009.

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