Togo urged to fund AIDS response

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Authorities in Togo need to find ways of ensuring sustainable funding for the country's programmes to combat HIV.

Michel Sidibé, the head of UNAIDS, the United Nations agency dealing with HIV and AIDS, made the remark during a visit to the West African country this week.

Jocelyn Sambira reports.

The head of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, who met with the Prime Minister of Togo on Tuesday, has expressed concern that the country relies on external sources to finance more than 80 per cent of its HIV response.

"We cannot put a person on antiretroviral treatment for 30 years and depend on external aid to cover the bill," Mr. Sidibe said.

At the same time, he commended the leaders of Togo for the progress they have made in combating HIV.

According to government figures, access to antiretroviral treatment in Togo has more than doubled since 2008, from approximately 11 000 people to more than 25 000.

Mr. Sidibé has urged the authorities in Togo to build on these gains and ensure all people living with HIV have access to treatment.

Jocelyn Sambira, United Nations.
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