2011-Jan-13, UNAIDS to extend aid for Myanmar HIV victims

Yangon — The UNAIDS will extend supply of anti-retroviral (ARV) drug for Myanmar HIV victims up to 2015 under a joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, local media reported Saturday.
About 250,000 people were infected with HIV/AIDS in Myanmar, the Voice quoted the UN organization as saying.

A total of 20,000 HIV/AIDS patients or 27 percent of 74,000 in Myanmar have been treated with ARV drug, the report said.

Myanmar has achieved a unique distinction of bringing about a gradual declination of HIV prevalence in the country over the past decade.

The country’s HIV prevalence rate dropped from 0.94 percent in 2000 to 0.67 percent in 2007 and to 0.61 percent in 2009.

There are 11 local non-governmental organizations (NGO), 21 international NGOs and 7 United Nations agencies actively collaborating with Myanmar’s ministry of health in responding to HIV/AIDS.

Myanmar is also actively participating in the ASEAN work program in HIV/AIDS and Mekong regional HIV/AIDS projects as well as global and regional activities initiated by various UN agencies.

AIDS is one of the priority diseases of Myanmar’s national health plan and prevention and care activities for HIV/AIDS are being implemented as a national concern.

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