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Ukraine to Receive $40M World Bank Loan for HIV/AIDS Prevention Efforts
Ukraine will receive a $40 million loan from the World Bank to finance the country's HIV/AIDS prevention efforts, BBC Monitoring/
ITAR-TASS News reports. Gregory Jedrzejczak, the head of the World Bank mission to Ukraine, said on Wednesday that "there were no political or economic precautions for the disbursement of the credit but there may be difficulties with its distribution." He added that the World Bank "has to be sure that money for prevention" and antiretroviral drugs "reaches the people who need it." Ukraine is slated to receive the loan before the end of the year (BBC Monitoring/ITAR-TASS News, 7/6). Ukraine has one of the highest HIV infection rates in Europe. A report from the Ukrainian Health Ministry states that there are 37,588 HIV-positive individuals in the country as of March 1, 2001 (BBC Monitoring/Interfax News, 7/6).
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