Cuba to Support Creation of Anti-AIDS Center in Africa
August 29, 2003
Cuba will help establish a regional HIV/AIDS and STD prevention center in Africa, according to a report on August 27. Cuban expert Yoire Ferrer said the program will start by the end of this year, with Cuban specialists working for six months to open and organize the center. It will focus on training personnel to cope with the accelerated spread of AIDS in Africa. Nearly 29.4 million of the 42 million people with HIV worldwide live in Africa. African AIDS patients lack adequate treatment due to poverty and poor medical service. Cuba has the lowest number of HIV/AIDS cases in Latin America, due in part to the country's emphasis on education and advanced medical care. Cuba also boasts extensive prevention work and reintegration of HIV/AIDS-affected people into society.
Xinhua News Agency
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