Donors, Health Experts Meet in AIDS 'epicentre'

by VR Sreeraman on  March 12, 2009 at 3:49 PM AIDS/HIV News   - G J E 4
International donors and top health experts from southern Africa began a meeting on Wednesday on how to improve and expand the European Commission's efforts in fighting HIV-AIDS crisis in the region.
 Donors, Health Experts Meet in AIDS 'epicentre'
Donors, Health Experts Meet in AIDS 'epicentre'

"The meeting will focus on HIV prevention from mother to child, human resources for health and the mobilisation of regional funding for HIV and AIDS," Ulf Jakobsson, a spokesman for the European Commission in Malawi, told AFP at the start of the closed-door meeting.

The two-day meeting will "compare and assess country-specific activities in the fight against HIV and AIDS, seek the best practices and success," he added.

The meeting is also being attended by experts from the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, UNAIDS and the 15-member Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Experts and donors said the region is the "epicentre" of the pandemic, since around a third of people infected with HIV worldwide lived in southern Africa.

A 2006 report by UNAIDS shows that 63 percent of all adults and children with HIV live in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Source: AFP

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