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Ethiopia approves public mobilization document to prevent HIV

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Ethiopia approves public mobilization document to prevent HIV

Addis Ababa, December 1, 2016 (FBC) –Following this year’s World AIDS Day, Ethiopia has approved a public mobilization document which could help sustain the gains made so far in controlling and preventing the spread of HIV.

Addis Ababa celebrated today World AIDS Day under the theme, “Hands Up for HIV Prevention!”

Ethiopia is one of the successful countries in reducing HIV prevalence level. New HIV infection and death due to the virus have fallen by 90% and 70%, respectively, it was reported.

However, we should strengthen our efforts towards controlling and preventing the spread of the virus, said Fifle Mitiku, Multi-sectoral Response Coordination Directorate at the Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office (HAPCO).

The celebration brought together various bodies, including Mayor of Addis Ababa City, Driba Kuma and Health Minister, Professor Yifru Berhan.

World AIDS Day is a day dedicated to commemorate those who have passed on and to raise awareness about AIDS and the global spread of the HIV virus. The first World AIDS Day was held in December 1, 1988.

According to UNAIDS report, 35 million people worldwide died of AIDS so far. And about 78 million people are also living with HIV.

Translated and posted by Amare Asrat

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