US gives Zambia 149 million dollars to fight AIDS

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LUSAKA (AFP) - The United States is to give Zambia 149 million dollars to support the free distribution of AIDS drugs following "significant progress" in Lusaka's efforts to fight the pandemic.

The funds will be channeled through the US President's Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a statement said Monday.

Some 70,000 people receive free anti-retroviral treatment in public hospitals in Zambia, where 16 percent of the 11 million population have HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS.

"The Zambian people have made significant progress, especially in the national scale-up of treatment programmes," the US embassy said.

"As one of PEPFAR's 15 focus countries, Zambia will receive 149 million dollars in HIV/AIDS programme support in 2006," the statement added.

US Global AIDS coordinator Mark Dybul is due to visit Zambia on Tuesday for a three-day tour during which he will visit hospitals, clinics and voluntary HIV testing centres, the statement said.

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