Trinidad: World Bank Issues US$20 Million Loan to Help Government Fight HIV/AIDS
June 30, 2003
The World Bank said Friday it intends to issue a multimillion-dollar loan to help Trinidad and Tobago curb the spread of HIV/AIDS. The US$20 million (Trinidadian $122 million) loan will help Trinidad's government pay for education and awareness programs, condom distribution, AIDS drugs and programs to reduce mother-to-child transmissions, according to bank spokesperson Lee Morrison. "Reducing the transmission of HIV/AIDS and providing treatment and care for those affected by the disease is critical for securing the future of Trinidad and Tobago's social and economic welfare," said Caroline Anstey, the bank's Caribbean director, in a statement. Trinidad and Tobago's HIV infection rate is estimated at between 2 percent and 2.5 percent.Adapted from:
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.