Australia Pledges $900,000 for HIV/AIDS Fight in Vietnam
March 28, 2003
Under an agreement signed Wednesday in Hanoi, the Australian government will fund a US$900,000 HIV/AIDS project in Vietnam. The project is part of Australia's six-year, US$120 million global HIV/AIDS initiative that will be implemented through its aid agency AUSAID. The project will operate in Vietnam and Myanmar, and Yunnan province and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in China. It aims to help countries promote national and regional policies and effective methods to control and prevent the transmission of the disease by IV drug users, who account for two-thirds of all reported HIV/AIDS cases in the three recipient countries. Australia has provided US$12.5 million for building three maternity hospitals in the central highlands province of Gia Lai that will provide primary healthcare to an estimated 2.5 million women and children. Construction kicked off last week.
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