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WHO Chief Calls for Intensified Anti-AIDS Campaign in Asia-Pacific Region
World Health Organization Chief Gro Harlem Brundtland today called for "intensified prevention and surveillance efforts" against AIDS in the
Asia-Pacific region, following Cambodia's "remarkable turnaround" in lowering rates of infection and the similar successes of other nations, Agence France-Presse reports. "Understandably, much of the attention to HIV/AIDS has been directed towards Africa," Brundtland told a regional WHO meeting, "But we estimate that more than a million people are living with HIV within the Western Pacific region. Although some countries have been able to reduce infection rates, others are seeing rapid growth in the numbers of infections. The overall trend gives reason for concern." She praised Phnom Penh's pro-condom policy in Cambodia, saying that the subsequent lower HIV rates have "shown that effective prevention is possible and that the results of such work are impressive." She also emphasized the need for programs that incorporate cultural traditions and consider social realities (Agence France-Presse, 9/11).
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