Last Updated: 2017-09-13
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MAPUTO, Sept 13 (NNN-XINHUA) -- The United States government, through its embassy in Maputo, has pledged to disburse 400 million US dollars to help Mozambique fight HIV/AIDS, says US ambassador to Mozambique Dean Pittman.

"I am honoured to announce that the US government will invest 400 million USD to fight HIV/AIDS as part of the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and will also expand efforts to guarantee that all pregnant women and those breastfeeding are aware of their health status," Pittman said here Tuesday.

The amount will also help women infected with HIV/AIDS to initiate vertical treatment to increase the number of babies who are born HIV-free.

Mozambique's Health Ministry describes the support as an opportunity to fight AIDS after the latest health report revealed that there was an increase of the disease from 11.5 per cent in 2009 to 13.2 per cent in 2015.

Most of the money is expected to be invested in Zambezia Province where 400,000 people are living with the virus.

The US injects an amount of around 400 million USD in Mozambique annually and the total aid it has provided to Mozambique since 1984 is estimated at more than 6.0 billion USD, covering sectors such as health, education, agriculture, democracy and governance. -- NNN-XINHUA