HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Council to
ADDIS ABABA, Feb. 10 (ENA) – Preparation have been finalized to establish a national HIV/AIDS prevention
and control council.
In a briefing to local journalists at the President's Office here yesterday W/ro Mitekie George, chairperson
of the provisional committee, noted that the disease is the most rampant in Ethiopia at present and claims the
lives of unknown thousands of people, specially of the young and most productive sector.
She said that despite the AIDS control programme of the Ministry of Health it had become difficult to contain
the spread "since the disease affects all sectors of the population, it requires multifaceted campaign and had
become necessary to establish a national council in order to mobilize and strengthen community
participation," he said.
W/ro Mitekie disclosed that the government has arranged a consensus building workshop between
February 10 and 11 at Africa hall in which government officials, NGOs, religious leaders and people drawn
from various sectors of the nation will discuss on the document. Federal government offices, professionals
and civil associations, religious institutions, the media, AIDS-related organizations and heads of the states will
be members of the council, to be formed on 24th February 2000.