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Mozambique Adopts New AIDS Strategy

July 7, 2003

The Mozambican government has adopted a new strategy to combat the spread of AIDS, now focusing on care as well as prevention, Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi said Friday. The government hopes to spend $300 million over the next five years on its new integrated approach, he said. The new plan integrates prevention, care and education on how to live with the disease. It also aims to upgrade skills in the health sector. An estimated 500 to 700 Mozambicans are infected a day, and authorities were not satisfied with the current AIDS campaign, Mocumbi said. The rate of HIV infection among adults has risen to nearly 15 percent from 12 percent last year. Life expectancy in Mozambique is expected to drop below 40 years in 2010 because of HIV. The government expects support for its plans from international organizations, including former President Bill Clinton's foundation.

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Associated Press
07.04.03


  
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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