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The World in Medicine
May 10, 2000

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JAMA. 2000;283(18):2379. doi:10.1001/jama.283.18.2379-JWM00003-4-1

An international partnership has launched the first French-language electronic information network dealing with AIDS in Africa.

The network, known as SIDA en Afrique du Centre et de l'Ouest (SAFCO), is intended to encourage discussion and the electronic exchange of information about HIV and AIDS in the region. "There is a scarcity of information and technical material in French in Africa, yet this continent is the hardest hit by the virus. The creation of SAFCO will be extremely helpful in filling this information and exchange gap," said Awa Coll-Seck, MD, director of policy, strategy, and research at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). French is the language of many former colonial nations in Africa.

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