"Lesotho is set to benefit from a Canadian AIDS initiative, to be launched in December.

In response to an appeal by UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, Stephen Lewis, the Ontario Hospital Association in Canada will set up a clinic in the tiny mountain kingdom, where an estimated 30 percent of adults are living with HIV/AIDS.

According to Russell Armstrong, vice president of the Ottawa Hospital and part of the project, an advance team is expected to provide a complete assessment of how the clinic can become sustainable by building relationships with elders, government officials and local medical personnel.

Canadian newspaper The Ottawa Citizen quoted Armstrong as saying: 'It's particularly exciting, since we will be one of the first projects to set up since the availability of lower-cost drugs.'"
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