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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.

The network is aimed at expanding information exchange, strengthening advocacy, promoting prevention, reinforcing the importance of access to care, and disseminating results from international conferences. It is intended to reach individuals, government representatives, nongovernmental organizations, educators, scientific investigators, and health care practitioners.

In addition to UNAIDS, other SAFCO supporters include the German Agency for Technical Cooperation, the Canadian International Development Agency, Fondation du Présent, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Population Fund. The network can be accessed by sending electronic mail to safco@hivnet.ch.