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20 Jan 2012 description

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is to leverage the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations starting on Saturday to pep up the fight against HIV/AIDS on the continent.

UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe said in a statement obtained by PANA here Friday that the 16-nation tournament, to be hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea 21 Jan-12 Feb., ''provides an exceptional opportunity to mobilize and re-energize Africans against AIDS as millions tune in and turn up to support their teams''.