U.S. approves support to fight HIV/AIDS in Tanzania

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The United States government, through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), has approved plans to provide 526 million U.S. dollars over the coming year to combat HIV/AIDS in Tanzania, the U.S. Embassy said on Thursday.

The U.S. Embassy in Tanzania said in a statement that the support will bring the total number of Tanzanians on HIV treatment up to 1.2 million toward the ultimate goal of completely eliminating AIDS by 2030.

The funds will support the activities under the PEPFAR Country Operational Plan from October 2017 to September 2018, and represent a 12.3 percent increase over last year’s budget, said the statement.

The statement said under the renewed plan, PEPFAR will work with the government of Tanzania and implementing partners to provide HIV testing to 8.6 million Tanzanians and treatment to 360,000 people who newly test positive.

“The budget includes special allocations for the care and treatment of orphans and vulnerable children and to prevent gender-based violence,” said the statement.

It said to further prevent HIV transmission, PEPFAR will support voluntary medical male circumcision for 890,000 men.

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh