Burkina Faso Creates New Body to Fight AIDS, STDs
September 21, 2001
Burkina Faso, one of the west African countries worst hit by the AIDS pandemic, has created a national body to fight the disease, officials said Thursday. The new body, the National Council to Fight Against AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases, will be chaired by President Blaise Compaore and will meet once a year to develop and coordinate national policies. In June, international lending organizations approved a credit line of $113 million for Burkina's five-year campaign against AIDS. According to official figures, AIDS affects 7.7 percent of the population in Burkina Faso, making it the second-worst-hit country in west Africa behind the Ivory Coast.
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