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Over 300K people living with HIV/AIDS in Angola

Luanda, Sep 29 (Prensa Latina) About 350,000 Angolan people are HIV/AIDS carriers, according to the Angolan Network of AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Service Organizations (ANASO) President António Coelho.

This figure accounts for a 2% prevalence rate, where the hardest hit provinces are Luanda; the North and South Lundas, as well as Moxico, in the east of the country; and Cunene, in the south. Speaking about the campaign for the World AIDS Day, to be celebrated on December 1, Coelho warned the situation in Angola is really worrying and could evolve into a state of alarm if adequate measures are not taken.

The ANASO president criticized the work done by the National Commission for the Fight against AIDS, whose performance is poor due to limited supplies, particularly antiretroviral drugs, in addition to the availability of condoms and diagnostic tests.

We need more effective political leadership, more credible data and more up-to-date information, as well as greater commitment from the people involved, Coelho stressed.

He called attention to the need for funds to support community actions and urged to intensify the work to stop this epidemic, now that the Covid-19 pandemic is under control.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) President Regue Vuga encouraged to establish strong alliances between the government and the organizations and associations fighting against this scourge.


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