External assistance urged in AIDS battle
Tuesday 15 June 2004
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ETHIOPIA: External assistance urged in AIDS battle

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JOHANNESBURG, 3 June (PLUSNEWS) - Despite crucial steps taken by Ethiopia to tackle HIV/AIDS, the east African country urgently needs external assistance if its efforts are to be successful, a senior UN official has said.

Following his recent visit to Africa's second most populous country, Stephen Lewis, the Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, said the Ethiopian government was seeking US $400 million from the Global AIDS Fund to combat the disease.

Research shows that between 2 and 3 million of the country's nearly 70 million people are living with HIV/AIDS.

Lewis said: "The possibilities of widespread treatment in Ethiopia hang on the availability of resources."



Recent ETHIOPIA Reports
US grants $18 million for HIV/AIDS, 27/Apr/04
New project launched to help HIV/AIDS-affected families, 23/Apr/04
National HIV/AIDS forum launched, 1/Apr/04
Focus on local manufacture of anti-retroviral drugs, 10/Mar/04
Calls for greater youth involvement in anti-AIDS fight, 4/Mar/04
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
Mothers and HIV/AIDS

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