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Swaziland: AHF Partners in New Free AIDS Treatment Clinic in Manzini
Date:9/24/2007

US' Largest AIDS Group Joins Forces with AMICAALL and FLAS, PSI, the Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Swaziland and the Manzini City Council in Partnership to Provide Life-saving Anti-retroviral AIDS Therapy at New Free

Treatment Center

MANZINI, SWAZILAND and LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), has joined together with AMICAALL (The Alliance of Mayors Initiative for Community Action on AIDS at the Local Level) and FLAS (Family Life Association of Swaziland), two respected local non- governmental organizations (NGOs) to provide comprehensive HIV/AIDS services, including lifesaving anti-retroviral treatment (ART), at a new free clinic at the LaMvelase Help Centre in Manzini, AHF's first site in Swaziland. Other partners include the Kingdom of Swaziland's Ministry of Health (MOH), PSI (Population Services International), and the Manzini City Council. Swaziland, which has the world's highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate, 33.4 percent of adults aged between 15 and 49 are HIV positive, has limited HIV/AIDS and ART services. Before the opening of LaMvelase Help Centre, Manzini, the largest city in Swaziland, had only one hospital providing ART.

"I am very pleased to announce that we treated our first patients -- and began delivering lifesaving anti-retroviral treatment -- in the Kingdom of Swaziland at the LaMvelase Help Centre," 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. "We are partnering with AMICAALL and FLAS, PSI, the Ministry of Health and the Manzini City Council in this lifesaving collaboration, and we are honored to work together to bring AIDS treatment and care to many of those in need in Swaziland."

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