Kazakhstan To Launch $53M Program To Fight Spread of HIV
Kazakhstan is planning to roll out a $53 million program through 2010 to fight the spread of HIV in the country, Health Minister Yerbolat Dosayev said on Monday, ITAR-TASS reports. According to Dosayev, the program from 2006 through 2010 will seek to stem the spread of HIV in the country among people ages 15 to 49. The program will address five key issues related to the HIV/AIDS epidemic: HIV/AIDS policy, HIV prevention, HIV/AIDS treatment, care and support programs for HIV-positive people and social programs for those affected by the disease. Kazakhstan has recorded more than 5,000 HIV cases, according to a report released in May by UNAIDS (Karpishev, ITAR-TASS, 9/18). However, health officials last year estimated there are about 20,000 HIV-positive people living in the country (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 9/9/05).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.