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US expands aids program.

Twelve Caribbean nations expect to receive a grant from the U.S. government to help fight AIDS over the next five years, reports AP (May 12, 2010). Acting U.S. Ambassador in Guyana Karen Williams says the agreement will provide funds to treat people in a dozen countries, including Suriname, the Bahamas and Belize. The Caribbean has the second highest AIDS infection rate outside of sub-Saharan Africa. Williams said that countries can start to request funds in June from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the main U.S. program for international AIDS programs. Previously, only two Caricom member-nations--Guyana and Haiti--and the Dominican Republic had benefited from the program introduced by the George W. Bush administration for African and Caribbean countries worst affected by HIV and AIDS, reports AFP (May 12, 2010). Under the agreement, the 12 countries would get $25 million annually or up to $ 125 million over the next five years to assist with prevention, testing, strategic information and counseling, said Karen Williams. Statistics show that while HIV and AIDS have stabilized in the Caribbean, AIDS-related illnesses are the fourth leading cause of death among women and the fifth leading cause of mortality among men.
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Title Annotation:THE REGION
Publication:Caribbean Update
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:50CAR
Date:May 26, 2010
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