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USAID To Allocate $8.2M Over Five Years for New HIV/AIDS Prevention Program in Ukraine
USAID has promised to provide $8.2 million over the next five years to prevent HIV/AIDS in Ukraine, Christopher Crowley, USAID regional mission director for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, announced on Thursday, the Ukrainian News Agency reports. The USAID funds will go to help fund the Scaling up the National Response to HIV/AIDS through Information and Services (SUNRISE) project, which aims to provide high-quality HIV prevention information and services to at least 60% of Ukrainians most at-risk of contracting HIV, according to the Ukrainian News Agency (Ukrainian News Agency, 9/9). The program is specifically targeted at eight regions in the country most affected by HIV/AIDS, according to Agence France-Presse (Agence France-Presse, 9/9). SUNRISE will be implemented by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine in collaboration with the Program for Appropriate Technologies in Health and All-Ukrainian Network of PLWH, (Ukrainian News Agency, 9/9). Ukraine has recorded 68,000 HIV cases, but officials estimate that the number could be as high as 500,000 (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 4/2). The HIV prevalence rate in Ukraine is approximately 1%, which is the highest rate among countries that made up the former Soviet Union (Agence France-Presse, 9/9).
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