Tuesday, 29 June 2010

HIV prevalence high amid rise in funding

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Ray Naluyaga, Mwanza

The amount of money spent on HIV/Aids control in the country rose by over 2,000 per cent in six years, from 2001 to 2007.

Speaking as the chief guest to mark the opening of a three-day seminar on HIV/Aids policy review here yesterday, the Mwanza regional commissioner, Mr Abbas Kandoro, said in 2001 the Tanzania Commission for Aids (Tacaids) was allocated a budget of Sh17 billion.

However, by 2007 the budget, which was heavily donor funded, had reached over Sh381 billion, he said. Encouragingly, during the same period the overall adult prevalence rate fell by about one per cent, from 6.7 to 5.7 per cent, he explained.

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