Development Banks in Vietnam Fund AIDS, Mekong Health Projects
July 24, 2006
The World Bank and the Asian Development Bank in Vietnam today announced an allocation of almost $100 million to help fight HIV/AIDS and improve health care in the southern Mekong delta. Twenty million dollars from ADB will go toward an outreach to arrest HIV's spread among the nation's youth; this will include a mass media campaign and a three-year TV drama. The World Bank loaned the nation $70 million and granted it $5 million to support the Mekong Regional Health Project; this effort aims to improve hospital services and promote access to affordable health insurance. The World Bank said the funds will also help "address long-standing and emerging infectious disease threats" in the country, where avian flu has killed 42 people.
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