Congo to Expand HIV Testing Through Mobile Units
April 16, 2009
Congo's National AIDS Council has ordered a mobile HIV testing unit for the capital of Brazzaville following a national fundraising campaign, IRIN/PlusNews reports. Franck Fortune Mboussou -- the main technical adviser to the AIDS council, or CNLS -- said that after raising $218,000, the organization now can cover the majority of costs to buy and operate a mobile testing unit in the city. The unit will be sent to high-traffic areas such as schools, religious buildings and markets to provide residents with accessible testing and flexible operating hours. The mobile unit will be open on weekends, unlike stationary centers, according to Mboussou. In addition, the government has asked the World Bank to fund the purchase of six additional units for large towns in the south and north of the country. According to Mboussou, with the money left over from the fundraising campaign, CNLS plans to purchase another unit for the city of Pointe-Noire.
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