United States to Provide $66M to Zambia This Year for Fight Against HIV/AIDS, U.S. Ambassador Says
January 27, 2004
The United States is expected to give $66 million to Zambia this year to help the country fight its HIV/AIDS epidemic, one of the worst in the world, according to U.S. Ambassador to Zambia Martin Brennan, Reuters reports. Approximately one in five people in Zambia is HIV-positive, and more than 800,000 children are orphans because of the epidemic, according to Reuters. The money, which is part of President Bush's five-year, $15 billion global AIDS initiative, will be used to purchase antiretroviral drugs and train doctors and nurses to administer the medications. "We are (going) to work with Zambians to educate people about AIDS, to enable those infected with HIV to have access to treatment," Brennan said, adding, "We want to reach 200,000 Zambians in the next two years." He said that 55% of the money would be used to buy antiretroviral drugs, which would be distributed free-of-charge to HIV/AIDS patients who cannot afford them. Currently, about 8,000 Zambians receive free treatment under a government-sponsored program that was supposed to reach 100,000 people.
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