Sudanese Groups Launch Anti-AIDS Campaign
The Sudan Anti-AIDS Network, in cooperation with a number of partner organizations, this week launched a publicity campaign highlighting the dangers of the disease, according to local press reports published on Sudanonline.com.
The organization stressed the need for inter-agency cooperation in spreading awareness of HIV/AIDS, as well of the need for voluntary testing and psychological counseling, the report said.
UNICEF has commended the initiative and stressed the need for cooperation between NGOs and the government on the matter of HIV/AIDS, it added.
Although little data is available on Sudan, UNAIDS estimates that about 140,000 people in the country were living with HIV infection (whether or not they had developed AIDS) at the end of 1999.
Information on HIV prevalence has only recently become available and does not yet paint a clear picture of the epidemiological situation in Sudan, according to the agency.
In its Sudan fact sheet, it referred to 392 recorded cases in 1999, from a cumulative total of some 2,860 cases. Of these recorded cases, sexual contact accounted for HIV transmission in almost 97 percent of cases. A small number of cases were accounted for by vertical transmission from mother to child during pregnancy, birth or breast-feeding, it added – Albawaba.com