DRC: HIV / AIDS spreading rapidly in rural areas to the east

By John Zyombo – The DRC is among the countries that have managed to stabilize the spread of infection. This stabilization remains fragile due to the reduced funding for some partners in the fight against HIV. In Eastern countries, the virus is spreading rapidly in rural areas considered high risk area with 3.3% prevalence.

That’s the conclusion of a study conducted by the national fight against HIV / AIDS PNLS with the support of UNAIDS in 2009. According to Dr. Jean Paul NSIBULA Bisimwa, NACP Coordinator who presented the epidemiological situation, the rate of infection has stabilized considerably in city centers, but he regrets a fact, the virus is now to be feminized, is youthfulness and ruralised in the eastern part of the country.

In Southern Kivu, a large march was held this Wednesday, December 1, 2010 on the main thoroughfares of the city of Bukavu in the place called independence. The civil society organizations active in the fight against HIV / AIDS, partners of the Congolese government, national programs and members of the provincial government took active part in the ceremony commemorating the 22 anniversary of the JMS. The government has taken a dozen of commitments aimed at combating AIDS on all fronts, awareness kits were distributed to 30 areas of health by the medical BDOM diocesan office.

Some PVP boycotted the World Day against AIDS

More than thousand people living with HIV in the city of Bukavu have refused to join others for the march this Wednesday, December 1, 2010 on the occasion of WHD. These people felt that they have no access to health care contrary to the theme of the day “for universal access and human rights.”

These people have shamed the national multi-sectoral fight against AIDS (PNMLS) that invest more in the organization of celebrations in the care of PLWHA.