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Kenya seeks new funds in fight against AIDS 

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s Ministry of Health has commenced discussions with multilateral and private sector partners to seek funds in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and research, an official said Monday.

The director of medical services in the Health Ministry, Jackson Kioko, told a forum in Nairobi that Kenya aimed to boost funding in the fight against AIDS.

“Our response to HIV/AIDS... calls for strategic investment in high impact interventions like awareness, testing, treatment and research,” Kioko said.

Kioko said the government will lobby multilateral donors and foundations to increase AIDS funding in Kenya during this week’s UN General Assembly.

AIDS affects 5.6 percent of the Kenyan population. Kioko said both the national and county governments had endorsed a new AIDS financing strategy to try to ensure all the infected people had access to lifesaving drugs.

“We have prioritized resources mobilization to ensure the country achieve the 2030 target of zero new infections and deaths,” said Kioko, adding that an estimated 950,000 Kenyans infected with AIDS were on antiretroviral therapy.

Kenya ranks among top five African countries with progressive funding and biomedical interventions in the elimination of the AIDS pandemic before a UN target of 2030. 

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