United States Gives Zimbabwe $18 Million for HIV/AIDS Drugs
June 8, 2007
The US government said on Thursday it will provide $18 million to help fight HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe, where the epidemic kills more than 3,000 people a week and accounts for 70 percent of hospital admissions.
The gift will add 40,000 people to the AIDS treatment rolls. During a three-year period, the United States will provide $15 million worth of antiretrovirals and $3 million for rapid-result HIV test kits.
"This initial program is for three years, and we hope that during that time, other donors and the Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria] will be in a position to provide additional support," said US Ambassador Christopher Dell, who made the announcement jointly with David Parirenyatwa, Zimbabwe's minister of health.
Despite its crippling recession and 3,700 percent inflation rate, Zimbabwe is one of the few nations in Africa where HIV prevalence has declined, falling from 25 percent six years ago to 18.1 percent in 2006.
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.