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Monday, 29 November 2010 06:55

HIV/AIDS prevalence rate decreasing in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, November 28 (WIC) – The Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office (FHAPCO) said that HIV/AIDS prevalence rate has been declining significantly in Ethiopia.

In a press conference he gave here on Friday, FHAPCO Deputy Director General, Meskele Lera, said the spread of the pandemic decreased owing to the extensive awareness raising campaigns carried out during the past years.

Moreover, the effort made to reach individuals who need access to HIV services as well as collaborated efforts of governmental and international organizations contributed a lot for the decrease in the prevalence rate of the virus, he indicated.

According to Meskele, about 60 per cent of the 397,000 people expected to take antiretroviral therapy, are currently receiving the treatment.

Office Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate Director, Dr Yibeltal Assefa, on his part said that 1.2 million people are believed to live with HIV/AIDS in the country at present.

This year’s World AIDS Day will be marked for the 4th time at a national level in Axum, Tigray State, on December 1, 2010.


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