Papua New Guinea Making Progress in HIV Testing, Drug Access, Global Fund Executive Director Kazatchkine Says
July 18, 2008
Papua New Guinea has made significant progress in scaling up HIV/AIDS testing and counseling services, as well as expanding antiretroviral drug access, during the past few years, Executive Director of the Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Michel Kazatchkine said recently during a visit to the country, the Papua New Guinea Post-Courier reports. According to Kazatchkine, there has been a five-fold increase in the number of people who have accessed HIV testing and counseling, from 15,000 people in 2005 to almost 82,000 people as of March 2008. In addition, the number of people with access to antiretroviral drugs has increased from less than 200 in 2005 to more than 2,800 as of March 2008, Kazatchkine said. "These are major achievements, and I recognize the hard work done in (Papua New Guinea) that has made this possible," he added.
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