European Union Approves 13 Million Euro in Humanitarian Aid to Zimbabwe
May 15, 2003
The European Union's aid office on Wednesday approved a 13 million euro (US$14.9 million) humanitarian aid package to help Zimbabwe cope with drought, food shortages and HIV/AIDS. The European Union said the money will help more than 600,000 school children and offer seeds, tools and fertilizer to 300,000 farming households. Money will also be available to improve AIDS awareness, prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission, and support children orphaned by the epidemic. Every week, AIDS kills 3,500 people in Zimbabwe, where life expectancy has fallen from 61 in 1978 to 39 in 1998, according to the European Union.Adapted from:
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