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World Bank approves USD 10m grant for HIV and AIDS prevention in Afghanistan

The World Bank has approved a USD 10m grant to support the Afghan government's efforts to prevent the transmission of HIV and AIDS in Afghanistan.

The World Bank has approved a USD 10m grant to support the Afghan government's efforts to prevent the transmission of HIV and AIDS in Afghanistan.

The HIV and AIDS Prevention Project aims to increase the country's capacity to respond to the disease by scaling up prevention programmes that target high-risk groups, including injecting drug users (IDU), long-distance lorry drivers, prisoners and sex workers.

The project will educate at risk groups about HIV prevention, strengthen surveillance of HIV cases and high-risk behaviour, map and estimate the size of groups engaged in high-risk behaviour and reduce the stigma of HIV and AIDS in the region.

A 2006 study found that three per cent of IDUs in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, were HIV positive, while the number of officially recorded HIV cases in the country is 71, although UNAIDS and the World Health Organisation say that the number of HIV cases in Afghanistan is more likely to be in the 1,000 and 2,000 range.

6th August 2007

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