Britain Gives $15.7 Million to Fight AIDS in Myanmar
April 29, 2003
Britain will give $15.7 million for an HIV/AIDS prevention and care initiative in Myanmar being implemented by nongovernmental organizations, officials said Monday. The three-year program's cost is estimated at $51 million, according to British Embassy official Nigel Blackwood. "We are hopeful that we will get more funds from our donors," Blackwood said. The British donation is the largest for the HIV/AIDS project to date, and the money will be channeled through the UN Development Program-managed Fund for HIV/AIDS in Myanmar, said an embassy statement. Last year, Britain gave $10 million for HIV/AIDS projects in Myanmar. The Myanmar Health Ministry estimates the country currently has 180,000 HIV-infected people, while UNAIDS projects that between 170,000 and 420,000 people are infected with HIV. Of the officially reported HIV cases, 30 percent are attributed to IV drug use and 68 percent to heterosexual transmission.
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