Home | News    Thursday 16 October 2003

Government appeals for millions of dollars to combat AIDS in Sudan

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Oct 16, 2003 (AP) — Sudan is appealing for millions of dollars in aid to combat HIV/AIDS, a disease that its government fears will spread exponentially once peace is restored and displaced people return from neighboring states.

"After peace, we expect a huge movement of population from countries known to have high rates of AIDS," Sudanese Health Minister Ahmad Bilal Osman told an aid donors conference in the capital on Thursday. He was referring to countries such as Kenya, which hosts thousands of Sudanese refugees and where AIDS and its virus HIV are much more prevalent.

The government and the southern-based rebels of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army are currently engaged in peace talks in Kenya that are expected to conclude with a final agreement in the next few months.

The Sudanese National AIDS Program says the country needs around US$200 million to combat AIDS effectively.

"However, the available funds ... are far below the required," the program said in a statement.

On Wednesday, Sudanese Vice President Mosses Machar told the conference: "If we don’t find funds for AIDS control, we might (end up) having very few people to come and share wealth with."

He was referring to an item on the agenda of the peace talks that concerns the sharing of wealth in postwar Sudan.

"When the grass catches fire, the whole forest is in danger," Machar said.

The Sudanese Health Ministry said this year that the rate of infection of AIDS/HIV is estimated at 512,000 people. But the number of officially registered cases is only 10,805 people.

Africa is the continent hardest hit by AIDS, having 26 million of the world’s estimated 40 million cases.

Sudan’s civil war began in 1983 and has led to the death of more than 2 million people from fighting and war-related famine and disease.

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


What federal system is suitable for South Sudan? 2019-11-12 11:06:55 By Dr Jacob K. Lupai* Introduction Federalism is seen as a constitutional arrangement for dividing power between different levels of government so that federated states, regions or provinces can (...)

Differences between Sudan government, SRF and FFC are the main issues of concern 2019-11-09 11:17:17 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman As the proverb goes, the difference of opinion does not spoil amity and does not spoil the friendliness issue. On the other hand, mere differences of point of view and (...)

Can women make the world more peaceful? 2019-11-06 11:31:03 By Paulino Akoon Yel Dut A genuine comprehensive analysis shows that involving women in peacebuilding increases the probability that violence will end in an easy manner. Hence we should thank (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.