Fiji Sets Up Special Unit to Combat HIV/AIDS
January 25, 2011
Fiji's Labor Ministry has created a dedicated HIV/AIDS unit as part of its National Occupational Health and Safety & Workers Compensation Service, officials said Friday. The unit will assist people living with HIV/AIDS, engage in targeted awareness campaigns, and train high-risk populations about HIV prevention.
While HIV prevalence is comparatively low in Fiji by global standards, annual diagnoses grew exponentially from four in 1989 to 333 in 2009, said Labor Minister Filipe Bole. In a good sign, antiretroviral treatment is high among those eligible, he noted.
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