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KYRGYZSTAN: World Bank and government pledge to battle HIV/AIDS

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BISHKEK, 7 June (PLUSNEWS) - The World Bank’s regional project to control HIV/AIDS in Central Asia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has signed an agreement to fight the epidemic in the Central Asian country.

"We need to strengthen national coordination mechanisms on fighting AIDS and this agreement will help us to do so," Tilek Meimanaliev, head of the World Bank's Central Asia Regional AIDS Control Project, said last week in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek.

The World Bank official said that thanks to the agreement, AIDS centres in the region would be provided with necessary medical equipment, as well as assistance with regard to epidemiological surveillance and training of paramedics.

"HIV/AIDS does not have borders and therefore there needs to be an inter-regional approach to this menacing disease," Sezin Sinanoglu, acting head of UNDP's mission, said.

UNDP has been working in Kyrgyzstan on HIV/AIDS prevention among vulnerable groups and assisting in the development of national strategies since 1997.

There are 916 registered cases of HIV/AIDS in the country, according to the Kyrgyz AIDS centre, with the majority of them in the south.

The main mode of transmission - some 80 percent of all registered cases - is through injecting drug use, the centre said, adding that almost 50 people had died since 1996 because of AIDS. However, experts claim the real figure is 10 times that number.

"A lack of monitoring and assessment systems, as well as stigma attached to [HIV] patients are major problems which means we cannot know the exact number of HIV-infected people," Meimanaliev added.


Recent KYRGYZSTAN Reports
Youth mark world day against drugs,  27/Jun/06
HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns gain popularity among youth in the south,  10/May/06
Drug abuse fuelling HIV/AIDS,  29/Nov/01
· AIDS Media Center
· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

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