U.N. Development Program Pledges $1.5 Million to India for AIDS Prevention Program
The United Nations Development Program announced yesterday that it has pledged $1.5 million to India to assist its AIDS prevention and control efforts, Agence France-Presse reports. The grant will support India's National AIDS Control Organization in an effort to encourage "changes in behavior, policy and programming," according to UNDP. Brenda McSweeney, the UNDP representative in India, said, "The project will seek to create an environment which increases options through enhanced capacity [and] decreases vulnerability by providing appropriate information and other services." The program will be a "joint initiative" between the Indian government, NGOs, UNAIDS and the Indian corporate sector. India has the second-highest number of HIV-infected residents in the world, at three to five million (Agence France-Presse, 3/26). For more information on UNDP's activities in India, go to http://www.undp.org.in/.This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.