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AHF and Kenya Medical Research Institute Partner to Save Lives at Free AIDS Treatment Clinic in Mombasa
Date:10/3/2007

Facility, AHF's First in Kenya, is US AIDS Group's 39th Global AIDS Treatment Clinic in 14 Countries Worldwide. New Kenyan Partnership Will Provide Life- saving Anti-retroviral Therapy in Town of Mtongwe, Mombasa,

Kenya, where the National HIV/AIDS Prevalence is Over 6%

MOMBASA, Kenya and LOS ANGELES, Oct. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), has joined together with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) to help save lives in Kenya by providing HIV/AIDS medical care, including antiretroviral therapy (ART) within the framework of the National HIV and AIDS Care, Management and Treatment Plan at a new free treatment clinic in the town of Mtongwe in Mombasa, Kenya's second largest city. The clinic is AHF's first site in the hard-hit East African country where more than 1.2 million of the country's 37 million people are living with HIV/AIDS according to UNAIDS statistics.

"During September, we began treating our first patients and started delivering lifesaving anti-retroviral treatment at this new HIV/AIDS treatment center in Mtongwe," said Bernard Okongo, MD, Africa Bureau Chief for AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest US-based AIDS organization which operates free AIDS treatment clinics in the US, Africa, Central America and Asia. "The AHF-supported staff had been in training and at this site since July, and was eager to begin delivering care and treatment. We are pleased to have our staff working together with colleagues from the Kenya Medical Research Institute in this lifesaving collaboration."

"We plan to work closely with our distinguished partners in the fight against AIDS in Kenya at this new treatment center in Mtongwe," said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. "This is our first clinic in Kenya, and our goal includes bringing much-needed AIDS care and treatment to those in need, including children. We also hope to help scale up the delivery of antiretroviral tr
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