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GUINEA-BISSAU: Cash boost for AIDS fight

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JOHANNESBURG, 29 July (PLUSNEWS) - A combined grant of US $19 million from the World Bank and the Global AIDS Fund will help Guinea-Bissau launch its first move against HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

Health Minister Odete Costa Semedo told the UN news service, PlusNews, that a large part of the donor funds would go towards backing a three-year strategic plan for AIDS control.

Costa Semedo said while she was hopeful that antiretrovirals would finally make their debut in the country, it was still too early to say when.

There are currently no anti-AIDS medications available in the small West African country of 1.3 million people.



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
Country's first AIDS treatment centre opens in renovated hospital,  19/Dec/03
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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