European Union to Spend Additional $21M on Fighting HIV/AIDS in Developing Nations
The European Commission, the European Union's head office, on Friday announced that it will allocate an additional $21 million to fighting HIV/AIDS in the developing world, AP/Yahoo! News reports. The European Union has already pledged $117 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The additional funding will go primarily toward prevention programs aimed at young people, "who are especially vulnerable to HIV infection," the European Commission said in a statement (AP/Yahoo! News, 8/9). The money will also be used to improve access to and the quality of health services in developing nations. "Special attention" will be given to the needs of young women, according to the statement. The money is part of the E.U. Action Plan, adopted last year, which seeks to help alleviate poverty in accordance with the Millenium Development Goals by reducing the prevalence of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria (E.U. release, 8/9).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.