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CONGO: Government agrees to allocate more money to fight HIV/AIDS

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BRAZZAVILLE, 1 August (PLUSNEWS) - The Ministry for Health and Population of the Republic of Congo (ROC) signed an agreement on Saturday allocating 803.62 million francs CFA (US $1.48 million) to support the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The money will go to the governmentís National Council for the Fight Against AIDS, known by its French acronym CNLS.

CNLS currently provides voluntary testing, counseling and care for HIV infected patients in treatment centres in Brazzaville and Pointe Noire, the councilís executive secretary, Marie Franck Purhuence, said. The new government funds will be used to buy antiretroviral drugs, and other medicine and equipment.

According to a CNLS survey made in November 2003, 4.2 percent of the population of ROC was infected with HIV.


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