Red Cross Launches Appeal for $50M To Expand HIV/AIDS Programs in Southern Africa
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on Tuesday launched an appeal for almost $50 million to expand HIV/AIDS programs in Southern Africa, VOA News reports (Schlein, VOA News, 1/30). The funds will be allocated to initiatives that are part of a five-year HIV/AIDS control plan launched in 10 Southern African countries in November 2006, according to an IFRC release (IFRC release, 1/30). The plan is part of the new International Federation Global HIV and AIDS Alliance, which seeks to prevent new HIV cases and bolster treatment and support. The five-year initiative will cover Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Francoise Le Goff, IFRC's chief representative in the region, said. She added that the program aims to reach 50 million people, as well as provide services to more than 250,000 HIV-positive people and 460,000 children who have lost at least one parent to AIDS-related illnesses (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 11/2/06). "HIV has destroyed the very fabric of communities in many sub-Saharan countries and is on the increase across Asia and Eastern Europe," Mukesh Kapila, IFRC special representative for HIV/AIDS, said, adding, "We must not let the virus do to Asia, or any other continent, what it has done in sub-Saharan Africa. That would be unforgivable." IFRC in 2007 plans to increase HIV/AIDS services in Southern Africa and to increase efforts to combat the disease in Asia and Eastern Europe, the AP/International Herald Tribune reports (AP/International Herald Tribune, 1/30). The $50 million for Southern Africa is part of IFRC's call for $286 million to fund its work in 2007, especially in the areas of climate change and HIV/AIDS (VOA News, 1/30).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.