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U.S., Tanzanian Leaders Launch Program Aimed at Reducing Spread of HIV/AIDS Among Drug Users

May 18, 2010

The U.S. together with the Tanzanian government on Monday unveiled a plan for "the first Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) programme for drug users in sub-Saharan Africa, a crucial part of HIV control that allows addicts to return to a regular, productive and healthier life," to launch in the cities of Dar es Salaam and Zanibar, Pana/Afrique en ligne reports. According to the news service, U.S. Ambassador Alfonso Lenhardt, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby and Tanzania's Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office Phillip Marmo were on hand in Dar es Salaam for the announcement. "As the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to introduce MAT, Tanzania will serve as a model as well as a public health leader in the field of HIV prevention," the news service writes (5/18).

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