World Bank Approves $100M Loan for Brazilian HIV/AIDS Program
The World Bank on Thursday approved a $100 million loan to help Brazil combat HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, Xinhua News Agency reports (Xinhua News Agency, 6/28). The World Bank funding will go toward the AIDS & STD Control III Project, which aims to reduce STD and HIV incidence and improve the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS. The objectives will be achieved by:
- Expanding the quality and coverage of interventions;
- Strengthening monitoring and evaluation capacities;
- Decentralizing program financing and management;
- Introducing new technologies in treatment and prevention; and
- Reducing discrimination and the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.
Additional information on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Brazil is available online as part of kaisernetwork.org's Issue Spotlight on HIV/AIDS.
A kaisernetwork.org interview with Dr. Paulo Teixeira, director of the national STD/AIDS Programme of Brazil's Ministry of Health, is available online. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.