Four Central Asian Countries Agree to Jointly Fight AIDS
June 29, 2004
Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan -- together with the World Bank, UNAIDS and the British Department for International Development -- on Monday announced a five-year anti-AIDS project to be launched in 2005. The effort is to cost an estimated $25 million, including a $20 million contribution from the World Bank, which reports that the uncontrolled spread of HIV through the region could by 2015 slow economic growth in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan by 10 percent and in Uzbekistan by 21 percent. Sixty million people live in Central Asia, which is a major trafficking route for drugs from Afghanistan. The use of intravenous drugs is driving the spread of HIV, as are increases in prostitution and migration.Adapted from:
06.28.04; Bagila Bukharbayeva
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