Togo gets US$66 million to fight HIV/AIDS

The Togolese government announced Tuesday it had received 40 billion CFA Francs (about 66 million U.S. dollars) from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the next three years.

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According to a statement from the international institution, 24 billion CFA Francs will be spent on fighting AIDS and tuberculosis, while 16 billion will be reserved for fighting against malaria.

HIV And AIDS
HIV And AIDS

Togo’s Planing and Development Minister Kossi Assimaidou made the announcement during a workshop in Lome to discuss subsidies from the Global Fund.

The workshop was meant to enable participants understand activities to be carried out using the funds, clarify the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders and analyse the main challenges as well as solutions.

The minister said the main objective of the Lome meeting was to reinforce capacities of those involved in implementing projects in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

He said significant progress had been achieved in the fight against malaria and tuberculosis, as well as against HIV/AIDS in Togo, where the prevalence rate fell from 3.4 percent in 2010 to 2.5 percent in 2014.

The minister further urged all actors to get involved in the fight to reduce the prevalence rate of the three diseases to the most possible minimum.

Speaking during the workshop, UN Development Programme Representative in Togo Khardiata Lo N’diaye said the country had made considerable efforts in recent years in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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