Mozambique invests around 350 million U.S. dollars a year to fight HIV/AIDS, which is currently affecting 11.5 percent of the Mozambican population between 15-49 years old.
Diogo Milagre, Executive Secretary of he board of Mozambique’s National Council for the fight against HIV/AIDS, said half of that amount is invested for anti-retroviral treatment, which is provided free to HIV positive patients in the health units.
The council is chaired by Prime Minister Agostinho de Rosario and Minister of Health Nazira Abdula, who is also deputy chairwoman of the council.
Mozambique is facing a severe, generalized HIV/AIDS epidemic. According to the UNICEF, the first case of HIV/AIDS was diagnosed in 1986 in Mozambique. This was followed by a steady increase in the prevalence rate up to an estimated 16.2 percent among the population aged 15 to 49 years in 2004. In July 2004, the government declared HIV/AIDS a national emergency.
The majority of those infected are women, and due to the rapid spread, AIDS has become an important under-lying cause of illness and death among children in Mozambique. Enditem