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ADF funds to fight AIDS in four countries

Four Central African countries are set to benefit from an African Development Fund (ADF) grant to tackle HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The fund said in a statement that the US $8.3 million project aimed to strengthen regional integration on HIV/AIDS control within the Republic of Congo (ROC), the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Chad. According to ADF, the countries had to deal with frequent transborder movement of their populations and needed to "coordinate and harmonise" their HIV/AIDS strategies. "The project's activities will complement national HIV/AIDS control action plans by dealing with mobile and migrant populations along the [Congo, Oubangi and Chari] rivers, who are often left out by national control strategies," ADF said. Research shows that the average prevalence rate of HIV in the four countries is 11 percent among adults aged 15 to 49.

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