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JOHANNESBURG, 30 March (PLUSNEWS) - The European Commission (EC)
on Wednesday announced a pledge of US $2.6 million to reduce the
cumulative effects of drought and HIV/AIDS in Zambia.
Up to two million people are facing food shortages in the
country's drought-affected southern and western regions, where
the money will be used to rehabilitate wells and water tanks for
households, schools and health centres.
Funding will also be set aside for condom distribution and
raising AIDS awareness. In a statement the EC said it hoped to
prevent further deterioration in the situation of vulnerable
groups, like child- and grandparent-headed households.
Zambia's National AIDS Council has estimated that 12 percent of
the country's 11 million people are HIV-positive.