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Sudan Establishes National AIDS Committee
Sudan's President Umar al-Bashir will chair the National AIDS Committee, a new group created last week that will include representatives of related ministries, civil society organizations and religious leaders, the IRIN/Horn of Africa reports. Al-Bashir wants to give the national fight against AIDS "a much higher profile," according to the Nairobi Sudanese Embassy spokesperson Muhammad Dirdeiry. He noted that Sudan has one of the lowest AIDS rates in the region at 1.5%, but that because the nation is surrounded by high-prevalence countries, "we cannot afford to be complacent." The committee's main objective, Dirdeiry said, is to "increase awareness of the disease and educate people about the danger of AIDS." To limit the spread of AIDS in Sudan, the Sudanese Ministry of Interior has ordered the Immigration Department to issue residency permits to foreigners only after they are found to be negative for HIV. Any HIV-positive foreigner will be deported, Immigration Department head Brigadier Bashir said (IRIN/Horn of Africa, 5/3).
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