Family planning, HIV testing campaign launched in West Africa

The West African Health Organization (WAHO) has launched a six-day family planning and HIV/AIDS testing campaign along the border between Benin and Togo.

The campaign that was launched on Sunday aims at promoting reproductive health and prevention of HIV.

A report released in 2013 by the UNAIDS
indicated that there were between 23.5 to 26.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, with about 1.5 million new infections annually, out of which between 180,000 to 250,000 are children.
Among those infected with HIV/AIDS, 58 percent are women.

According to UNAIDS, economic boom in parts of the ECOWAS region has resulted in increased mobility.

The UN agency noted that there was a link
between migration of people, illiteracy, poverty, conflict situation or post-conflict situation and the spread of HIV/AIDS.

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