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Angola: UNAIDS support government program

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Luanda, 02/10 - World director of UNAIDS Programs, Michel Sidib, a Malian, arrived last Sunday night in Luanda, to examine the work done by Angola on the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The official stressed that UNAIDS admits that a lot of work has been done both by the National Commission to Fight Against HIV-AIDS, and by the government, that may result in progressive contribution to the programs to eradicate the disease.

Michel Sidib said that his organism will support and give assistance to Angolan agencies and institutions that are working on the fight against this pathology, through United Nations and World Health Organization (WHO) agencies based in Angola.

He also informed that during his three day visit he will hold meetings with Angolan governors, diplomats, and members of civil society, among others, with a view to analyze the national program to fight this disease, and provide information about the UNAIDS strategical plan.

One of the greatest problems that the countries are facing, is the lack of access to retrovirus, mainly in Africa where 25 million people are infected, but the drugs are only available to 25 thousand people.

UNAIDS, WHO and other UN affiliate companies have in perspective, negotiation with the pharmaceutical industry to fix low prices so as to give access of the drugs to patients, Michel Sidib informed. (Source: ANGOP)