Nigeria Calls For Effective Plan To Reduce Spread Of HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS advocates should "submit concrete and effective proposals" toreduce mother-to-child HIV transmission in Africa, Nigerian HealthMinister Issa Lamine said ahead of the African Synergies Conference, Xinhua News Agency reports. The conference -- organized by African Synergy Against AIDS and Suffering,a nongovernmental organization established by first ladies from Africancountries in 2002 -- is scheduled to be held in Niamey, Niger, onThursday, Xinhua News Agency reports.
Delegatesplan to discuss the state of affairs on the continent, includingmaternal and infant mortality, and methods to realize the U.N. Millennium Development Goals. According to Xinhua News Agency,advocates will review the actions African governments have taken since2005 concerning HIV/AIDS and the prospects for 2007 to 2010.
Laminecalled on HIV/AIDS advocates to provide proposals to the first ladiesto "hel[p] them enhance their contribution to the fight against theAIDS pandemic in Africa," adding that "one of the greatest challengesfacing the health sector in Africa is the weakness of our healthsystems, which is marked by high levels of maternal and [infant]mortality rates" (Xinhua News Agency, 11/14).
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