US to support Tanzania become malaria free

Staff Writers | 31 Aug 2007
Daily News (Tanzania)
The US government has reassured Tanzania of continued cooperation and support in efforts to wipe out malaria in the country and reduce new HIVAids infections.

The reassurance was given by the outgoing US Ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Michael Retzer, when he went to bid farewell to President Jakaya Kikwete at State House in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

Mr Retzer said if Zanzibar is on the brink of succeeding in eliminating the disease then Tanzania Mainland can achieve the same and eventually make the whole country free of malaria.

"Although America finances programmes of wiping out Malaria in Tanzania Mainland and the Isles, there is still a need for other development partners to be involved in order for the efforts to be successful", he said.

On HIV/Aids, he told the president that his government was willing to train more people on taking tests for the virus by using easier technology that involves taking blood from fingertips instead of blood veins. President Kikwete also received the outgoing Egyptian Ambassador, Mr Saabry M. Saabry, who had gone to bid him farewell.

Mr Kikwete told the outgoing ambassador that Tanzania needs Egyptian businessmen to come and invest in meat packaging. He also said the country still needs experts to enhance and improve irrigation farming as well as expertise in rainwater harvesting and preserving.

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