Ukrainian President Yushchenko Instructs Cabinet Ministers to Draft National HIV/AIDS Program for 2009-2013
December 14, 2007
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko recently released a document instructing ministers in the country's Cabinet to draft and approve a national HIV/AIDS program for 2009 to 2013, the Ukrainian News reports. Yushchenko gave the ministers a deadline of April 15, 2008, to draft and approve the program (Shpakovskyi, Ukrainian News, 12/12). Yushchenko last week in a meeting with Cabinet ministers and the Ministry of Health said that the government's work in fighting HIV/AIDS in the country has been inadequate (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 12/6).
According to the World Bank, there are more than 117,000 HIV-positive people and more than 21,700 people living with AIDS in Ukraine. According to estimates by various health experts, the actual number of HIV/AIDS cases in the country is about 400,000, the News reports. The World Bank estimates that the number of HIV-positive people in the country will double to 820,000 by 2014 and that people ages 20 to 34 will account for 75% of all new HIV cases (Shpakovskyi, Ukrainian News , 12/12).
In related news, Yushchenko recently established a coordinating council on HIV/AIDS, TB and drug addiction to serve as a consultative body under the presidency, the News reports. The Presidential Secretariat's head, Viktor Baloha, will submit draft provisions on the coordinating council, as well as proposals from council members, within two months (Shpakovskyi, Ukrainian News, 12/12).
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