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ADDIS ABABA, 12 June 2012 (PlusNews) – More than 100 million condoms will be distributed annually to sex workers, men who have sex with men and other groups vulnerable to HIV as part of a new five-year programme to be run by the Ethiopian government and the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Dubbed MULU, the Amharic word for comprehensive, the US$70 million programme – implemented by the NGOs Population Services International and World Learning – will also target day labourers in the booming construction industry, migrant workers and their partners.

“Over the five-year life of MULU prevention, 100 million free condoms per year will be distributed, 2 million counselling and testing sessions will be conducted, and half a million sexually transmitted infection cases will be treated,” said Donald Booth, US Ambassador to Ethiopia, launching the programme on 31 May 2012 in the capital, Addis Ababa.

“This programme is going to focus on… getting services for people who practice high-risk behaviours such as having multiple sex partners concurrently,” Renee DeMarco, a senior technical advisor to HIV/AIDS Prevention and Social Services at the US Agency for International Development (USAID)-Ethiopia, told IRIN/PlusNews.

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