Guyana gets US$34M for AIDS prevention, care and treatment programmes
Guyana Chronicle
July 12, 2004

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THE United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in its support for the Government of Guyana's (GOG) expansion of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment programmes, has awarded US$34M as part of the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

According to a Friday, July 9 2004 release, Family Health International (FHI) will lead a team of partners to lend support over the next five years. The team will help USAID/Guyana achieve the PEPFAR goals of treating 2000 HIV-positive persons, preventing 15,000 new infections, and providing care and support services for up to 9,000 persons, with a particular emphasis on orphans and vulnerable children.

Dr. Mike Sarhan, the Mission Director of USAID/Guyana, noted that with these additional resources the US Government emphasises the importance it places on the fight against HIV/AIDS and will allow the Government of Guyana to turn the tide against this devastating epidemic.

"We are confident that the team selected has the expertise and experience - globally and in Guyana - to achieve the plan's ambitious goals," the Mission Director said.

Dr. Peter Lamptey, President of FHI's Institute for HIV/AIDS remarked, "FHI supported by USAID has worked closely with the Government of Guyana since 2000 to implement HIV/AIDS prevention and care programmes. We are delighted to receive additional support from the US Government to work with a stellar team of partners and rapidly expand these efforts."