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Funding sought for AIDS programme

The Council of Ministers for the South African Development Community (SADC) is seeking US $10.5 million to implement a recently approved HIV/AIDS Framework and Programme of Action. Fourteen SADC member states are currently meeting in Tanzania where the region's HIV/AIDS crisis is said to be a key concern. The Associated Press (AP) news agency quoted Council chairman, Jakaya Kikwete, as saying: "The new framework is aimed at intensifying the fight against HIV/AIDS and addressing the impact of the disease in a more comprehensive and complementary way." SADC statistics indicate that some 14 million adults in the region are living with HIV/AIDS. "Our population is being destroyed. We can forget about development [unless AIDS is dealt with urgently]," SADC executive secretary, Prega Ramsamy, confirmed.

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